Big Data & Data Journalism

General intro

This course is an introduction to the Big Data revolution, to its impact on all levels of society and on the practice of journalism. The first part is devoted to a critical discussion around a documentary film on the hopes and fears that Big Data raises for living in society and the future of mankind. The second part is an introduction to data journalism.

Learning objectives

This course aims to raise awareness on the issues and impact of Big Data in all aspects of life, to introduce participants to key concepts related to the use of data in journalism and the new possibilities it opens up in various professional fields.

Targeted skills

  • Understand the historical context of Big Data and the hopes and fears it raises.
  • Become familiar with key concepts related to the collection, production and use of data in journalism.
  • Practice some basic techniques for searching, collecting, analyzing, and visualizing useful data in journalism.