Teach data journalis for the new journalist generation

Category: Innovation (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: Argentina

Organisation: Datos Concepcion

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 3 Jan 2019

Credit: Datos Concepcion

Project description:

 The Datos Concepción Team (Argentina) presented its proposal for Training in Data Journalism for Universities in the framework of the National Meeting of Communication Careers (ENACOM). The Program is open to all Universities that want to incorporate Data Journalism to The training of your students. 

Impact reached:

 The training program seeks to incorporate Data Journalism into teaching in Communication Careers throughout the country and Latin America. - Teachers from 10 universities in Argentina have been trained. - At least one data journalism workshop has been developed with students in each of these universities - A total that exceeds 400 students hasn been trained in data journalism skills. - At the moment four Journalism career coordinators have been interested to include data journalism as a subject in the training of communicators. Datos Concepción showed the scope of these first steps of the Program in a paper entitled "Teach Data Journalism to train new Journalists." This participation is integrated into the actions to promote journalistic research based on the use of databases and the generation of stimulating experiences that show students new narratives, work with technology and the creation of interdisciplinary teams.

Techniques/technologies used:

We train to teachers and students in:

– Search, download and clean datasets

– visualize data

– storytelling and interactive narratives

We use free tools like:

Flourish / Tableau / Qgis / openstreetmaps / Google spreadsheets / infogram, etc. 




What was the hardest part of this project?

 The hardest part of this project is to achieve changes in the training and perspective of teachers in journalism careers. Many of them are outdated or do not have basic technical skills for data journalism and that implies breaking strong resistance. The journey we have made through workshops in universities opens a very important door to drive these changes and establish training in data journalism

What can others learn from this project?

 This experience must show that the path of transformations in the training of journalists is slow and begins little by little. First we give a talk, then a workshop, then a hackathon and later we try to generate a Content Unit focused on data journalism.

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