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Overview

Our MA Data Journalism programme is designed to give you a competitive advantage in your career. This programme provides a detailed, critically oriented, and career-oriented knowledge of data as a meaningful record accessible to journalists in order to prepare you "for jobs of the future" (Vision 2028).

Data journalism is an important part of the news process, and it is quickly becoming a critical competency across all industries. According to a Google News Lab survey on data journalism conducted in 2017, 51% of companies in the United States and Europe have data journalists on staff. 

This programme investigates how technology and big data have created new intersections between data and journalism, responding dynamically to the future of journalism, data and technology, as well as discussing novel approaches to traditional news reporting methods.

What makes this course different

Integrated Practice

Integrated Practice

This course will provide an integrated learning experience that acknowledges the presence of interdisciplinarity in real life and the workplace.

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Enabling Innovation

Data journalism presents novel approaches to storytelling, newsgathering, and news dissemination.

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International Experience

You will be part of an international, multidisciplinary team of lecturers and students.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Data Journalism: Research in Practice (Core)
You will experience in working with different theories and approaches used to create, use and tell stories with data to achieve success in the workplace.  

Introduction to Data Visualisation Tools (Core) 
You will explore various hands-on activities and learning opportunities to develop your own creative responses to these tools and issues. You will investigate how data journalism operates within news organisations and news cycles.

Visual Analytics and Multimedia: Creating Insights (Core)
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of visual analysis and interaction, and its employment opportunities in the industry. 

Final Major Project* (Core) 
You will bring together all your knowledge and understanding from the programme to produce a substantial body of work in the form of a final major project.

This could be a dissertation-style research paper or a practical outcome. As part of the process in this module, you can also do a work placement.

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This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

MODULES

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You will investigate how data journalism operates within news organisations and news cycles. You will be taught by a diverse group of faculty members, including data journalists, data scientists, and researchers. Our teaching is career-focused, as a result, you will be taught by lecturers who are active professionals in their respective fields, ensuring that everything you learn is current and industry-relevant.

Data journalism presents new approaches to storytelling, newsgathering, and news dissemination. Our new MA Data Journalism programme aims to train students to develop a detailed, critically oriented and career-oriented knowledge of data as a meaningful record accessible to journalists.  To that end, each module includes a variety of experiences that involve finding, collecting, and analysing data for storytelling, presentation, and investigative reporting, with the goal of always introducing and developing knowledge and skills related to professional practise. 

When not attending timetabled lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including Health and Wellbeing, and Dyslexia and Disability support. 

When you arrive, we will introduce you to your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor can be invaluable in guiding you through your studies. They will show you how to get the most out of all of the assistance and resources that we provide. 

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • scheduled teaching - 300 hours
  • guided independent study - 900 hours

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 10.00am and 5.00pm. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

This is the first time this course is being taught; however, to provide you with a more personalised experience, classes will be limited to no more than 30 students.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

  • 60% coursework
  • 40% practical

We strive to provide feedback on all summative and formative assessments within 15 working days of the submission deadline. We offered in a variety of formats appropriate to the module and student in order to be inclusive.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching
 

The future of the newsroom depends on the data and technology available and those able to participate in it. Data-informed efforts are altering the way information is disseminated. The developments in digital technologies and data journalism approaches have changed many environments, including business and journalism.

As such, we look at data as an authoritative influence on knowledge transmission, given its growing role in society. In the last ten years or so, a broader process of datafication has transformed many aspects of contemporary life. Although some journalists have traditionally had an uneasy relationship with data, this complex array of data-informed methods can provide new opportunities, in any case, to understand, interpret, and present data in order to assist the general public in making informed decisions. Our research aims to scrutinise these opportunities and to initiate a broader discussion about the role of emerging technologies and data in shaping news discourses.
 

This programme began with a simple premise: data is all around us. Today, the use of data is a driving force in the development of content, especially as technology, methodology, and resources continue to advance. Data journalism is the future of the newsroom, as such journalists must be data savvy.

Dekan Apajee and Adam Powley

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Data journalism, which was once considered a fringe experiment, is now an essential part of the news process. In the first 18 months of the BBC Shared Data Unit, for example, it assisted in the generation of over 600 stories across more than 250 titles in the regional press.

Data journalism is an essential component of the newsroom. But it goes beyond that as well. Data handling has become an essential part of any job, from banking to business and charity. As organisations, governments, and businesses recognise the power of giving the public access to find insights into public data, they role of the data journalist grows.

According to David Ottewell, the head of Trinity Mirror's data unit, "a journalist without data skills is handicapping themselves."