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EJC Seeking Global Partners to Initiate Local Learning Groups for Online Course

9 April 2014 | PRESS RELEASE


The European Journalism Centre


April 9, 2014

Maastricht, The Netherlands: The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is looking for partner organisations around the world interested in hosting local learning groups for its free online data journalism course Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools, which will officially start on May 19, 2014.

This introductory course, launching in cooperation with the Canvas Network by Instructure, is already the largest massive open online course (MOOC) on the topic of journalism to date, with over 16.000 registered participants. It consists of five modules, and is designed to teach students the essential concepts, techniques and skills to effectively work with data, and to produce compelling stories under tight deadlines.

The local learning groups are aimed to further engage and provide hands-on support to participants in this global course. Groups are to be organised, hosted and facilitated by the partner organisations, which are to provide course participants with a physical meeting space, equipped with an Internet connection, once a week throughout the five week duration of the course.

Partner organisations are also expected to provide a facilitator with expertise in data journalism, whose role is to moderate discussions and answer questions. Local learning group meetings can be organized around the course materials, tutoring, or projects that put into practice what has been learned during the course.

The EJC will list all partner organisations and their logos on the course website, and will provide partners with the list of names and email addresses of course participants who registered for their learning group. It will also provide an online location where students can meet virtually, and will facilitate reaching out to registered participants so that they are made aware of the learning groups in their community and can join them.

Confirmed partners so far include:

- IHECS - Apache (Brussels, Belgium)
- FJUM Wien (Vienna, Austria)
- University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hongkong)
- Coventry University (Coventry, United Kingdom)
- Open Knowledge Brasil / Escola de Dados (São Paulo, Brazil)

Participants can sign up as for their respective local learning groups here.



Arne Grauls
Project Manager, Data Journalism Course
European Journalism Centre

Other useful links:
- Course website
- Course introduction video
- Meet the instructors video
- Course Registration page


This project 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 acclaimed Data Journalism Handbook.


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".