Week 1 – Tues., Jan. 22 and Thurs., Jan. 24

What is Data Journalism?

-Introductions
Course overview and syllabus review
Lecture: What is Data Journalism?
-For Thur., Jan. 24 – explore and bring an example of data journalism to discuss. Follow these instructions.
Discussion: Your data journalism examples
Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism

Assignments:
-Make sure you are clear on the assignmentsclassroom policiesreading resources, and schedule for the semester.
-Read DJH – What Is Data Journalism?
-Read DJH – Why Journalists Should Use Data
-Read DJH – Why is Data Journalism Important?

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Discussion: Your Data Journalism Examples – Due Jan 24

For Thursday’s class (Jan. 24), I’m asking everyone to explore three news sites:

Come prepared to discuss the following:

1.) Describe each site and what makes it unique? Who publishes it? What is its focus and audience? What kind of content do they produce?

2.) Pick a specific article, infographic or post from one of these sites that you particularly like.

Copy and paste a link to the specific data journalism in the comment field below under Leave a Reply. Please enter your First Name (no last name or other info needed) and copy the link.

Come to class ready to briefly answer the following questions. No need to write this, just think about it.

  • What is the story or information?
  • What is the source of the data? Where did it come from?
  • How did they present it or visualize it?
  • What did you like about it? Why did it stand out to you?
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Welcome to Data Journalism

DATA JOURNALISM – Spring 2019
Department of Journalism, Rowan University
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
CRN 23936 JRN 02363 1
301 High Street Room 215
Instructor: Mark Berkey-Gerard

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is an introduction to the collection, analysis, and presentation of data by journalists for the purpose of engaging and informing the public.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
In this course, students will:

  • Explore key data journalism concepts and skills.
  • Gain insight into how data journalism is practiced in newsrooms.
  • Learn how to obtain data sets through newswires, strategic searching, FOIA and scraping.
  • Review newsroom math and statistics.
  • Learn techniques for sorting, filtering and cleaning.
  • Think critically about the limitations of data.
  • Pitch and write news projects and stories using data and statistics.
  • Create basic infographics and visualizations.

TEACHING METHODS:
The course is comprised of lectures, readings, in-class assignments, quizzes, reporting and writing assignments, group projects, and a final project. I will conduct the course as a group facilitator and editor. Students will learn much of the content through practical, hands-on work. Success in the course requires students’ attendance, participation, curiosity, effort and teamwork.

OFFICE HOURS:
I welcome conversations with students outside of class. My regular office hours at 6 High Street are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:00pm. I may also be available other times as well. If you would like to make an appointment, email me.

 

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Week 15 – Tues., Dec. 11

– First Draft (Worth 25 points) – Due Tues., Dec. 11 at end of class Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8:30am

Next Week…

Final Exam – Thursday, Dec. 20 – 10:15am-12:15pm

-Final Draft (65 points) – Due Thurs., Dec. 20 at 10:15 am

-Presentation (5 points) in class on Thurs., Dec. 20 from 10:15 am to 12:15pm

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Week 14 – Tues., Dec. 4 and Thurs., Dec. 6

In class:
-Revised Schedule for Rest of the Semester
-Final Project overview
-Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Skype with Stephen Stirling, NJ.com data reporter to talk about The Force Report
Thursday, Dec. 6Final Project Outline (Worth 10 points) – Due at start of class
Thursday, Dec. 6 -Quiz #4 – Review terms and definitions from Resources Page (Closed book/No Internet), in particular:

Assignments:
– First Draft (Worth 25 points) – Due Tues., Dec. 11 at end of class

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Week 13 – Tues., Nov. 27 and Thurs., Nov. 29

Story Pitch (Worth 10 points) – Due Tues., Nov. 27 at start of class

In Class:
-Pick of the Week – NJ.com’s Data and Interactives. And new project on use of force by NJ police coming out on Thursday.
-Revised Schedule for Rest of the Semester
-Final Project overview
-Final project work days

Assignment:
Outline (Worth 10 points) – Due Tues., Dec. 4 at end of class

-Quiz #4 on Thurs., Dec. 6 – Review terms and definitions from Resources Page (Closed book/No Internet)

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Week 12 – Tues., Nov. 20

In Class:
-Pick of the Week – Two more viz tools to add to your tool box – Google Trends and Data GIF Maker

-Revised Schedule for Rest of the Semester
-Final Project overview

Assignments:
Final Project Story Pitch (Worth 10 points) – Due Tues., Nov. 27 at start of class

Happy Thanksgiving.

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