2014 - Fall

Elective Reporting Topics: Data Journalism and Investigative Reporting

Course Number: JOUR-UA 204, section 001

Day & Time: Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Location: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

Instructor: Charles Seife

This four-point course will both survey what the emerging field of data journalism is about and plunge students into the practice of it.  Students will learn how to find useful documents and other sources of data, extract meaningful information from large data sets, prepare data for public use, and make it possible for consumers of the news to interact with the data. They will also learn how to use data to perform investigative journalism. Outstanding examples of data journalism from around the world will be studied — and the techniques those pieces used will be added to students’ arsenals. A final project will test students’ skills in using data to produce publishable-quality journalism.