Course Overview

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.

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