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