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Biggest Free Online Data Journalism Course to Start in May

5 March 2014 | PRESS RELEASE


The European Journalism Centre


March 5, 2014

Maastricht, The Netherlands: The European Journalism Centre (EJC), in cooperation with the Canvas Network by Instructure, is pleased to announce that its free online data journalism course ‘Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools’ will officially start on May 19, 2014. With more than 14.000 participants, this five-module introductory course is the largest massive open online course (MOOC) on the topic of journalism to date.

The course is part of the European Journalism Centre’s Data Driven Journalism initiative, which aims to enable more journalists, editors, news developers and designers to make better use of data and incorporate it further into their work. Started in 2010, the initiative also runs the website as well as the School of Data Journalism, and produced the acclaimedData Journalism Handbook.

Participants will learn the essential concepts and skills to work effectively with data and produce compelling stories under tight deadlines from a stellar line-up of instructors and advisors from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, the New York Times, ProPublica, Wired, Twitter, La Nacion Argentina, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Zeit Online, and others. The five instructors: Simon Rogers, Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, and Alberto Cairo, introduce themselves and the course in this short video:

About the EJC: The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is a non-profit international foundation with the remit to improve, strengthen, and underpin journalism and the news media in the interest of a functioning democratic public sphere. This mission has two main aspects: safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe and the world, as well as media freedom in emerging and developing countries. The EJC is supported by Google, the Dutch Ministry of Education, and the African Media Initiative.

About Instructure: Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. Instructure provides instructors and students modern tools and resources that empower and simplify the learning experience. Instructure offers Canvas, the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system, as well as Canvas Network, an index of open, online courses by educators everywhere, from Ivy League institutions to community colleges.

Sponsors: Google; Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands; African Media Initiative.

- Data Journalism Course website
- Course registration page



Arne Grauls
Project Manager, Data Journalism Course
European Journalism Centre

Devin Knighton
Director of Public Relations

Data Driven Journalism Initiative
Believing journalism also involves innovation, the EJC strives to promote Data Driven Journalism and focalise media and audience attention on this developing trend. With this in mind, we’ve created the first dedicated data journalism website, established a community of practitioners, organised workshops, and participated in the publication of the “Data Journalism Handbook".