The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin has brought together media professionals from The New York Times, NPR, ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle to teach its latest Massive Open Online Course, which will run Monday, Aug.12 to Monday, Sept. 16.
The free course, “Data-Driven Journalism: The Basics,” is open to the public for registration and teachers include Lise Olsen, senior investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle; Derek Willis, interactive developer at The New York Times; Jeremy Bowers, news applications developer at NPR; Sisi Wei, news applications developer at ProPublica; and Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor at San Diego State University.
A MOOC is an online learning program designed to reach a large number of students, professionals and interested parties through videos, readings and online interaction.
This is the first time the Knight Center invites a team of instructors to teach a massive course, offering students a unique chance to interact and learn from top practitioners in journalism in the same class.
“Data journalism is one of the hottest issues in journalism and newsrooms around the world are struggling to learn the skills associated,” said Rosental Alves, professor in the School of Journalism and director of the Knight Center. “With more big data available and open government policies to allow citizen access to data, it’s part of the literacy of journalists to learn how to process data useful for society.”
Course topics will include an introduction to data journalism, finding reliable data, using data properly and exploring visual and design principles that bring data journalism to life.
The course will include videos, tutorials, readings and quizzes and will be divided in weekly modules with no live lectures. Students can take the course at the times of their choosing but each module will have deadlines for submitting quizzes and participating in online discussion forums.