Online Course - Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools, October 14 - November 24, 2019

Publish Date: Oct 05, 2019

Deadline: Oct 14, 2019

Event Dates: from Oct 14, 2019 12:00 to Nov 24, 2019 12:00

Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools

Welcome to the Knight Center's new MOOC, "Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools"! During this six-week course, which is powered by Google News Initiative, you'll learn about an array of free tools that can help improve your work in data journalism and visualization. By the end of the course, you will have learned how to find and get data, prepare data, find stories in data, visualize data and more. 

How to Register

Registering in the platform is easy. Please follow these steps:

1. Create an account in the Journalism Courses system. Even if you’ve taken a course with us before, you may need to create a new account. Check to see if your previous username and password work before creating a new account.

2. Wait for a confirmation in your email indicating that your account has been created. If you do not receive this, please check your spam folder.

3. Log into the platform, scroll down until you see the course listings, and click on the “Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools” course.

4. A button will appear. Click “Enroll” to enroll yourself in the course. You will be able to access the course from the “My Courses” menu at the top of the page.

5. You will receive an email confirming your enrollment.

Please add the email addresses and to your address book to ensure you receive emails about the course.


The main goal of this course is to prove to you that doing journalism with data and designing compelling charts, maps, and graphics is not magic, but a matter of learning some key principles, skills, practicing, and receiving feedback. We are convinced that anybody can learn the basics if you are willing to make a little effort. The course provides enough materials for you to get started.


This MOOC is divided into six weekly modules. You’ll learn (1) how to find and download data, (2) how to prepare data for exploration and visualization, (3) how to extract meaning from it, (4) how journalists can take advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, (5) how to create visualizations, (6) how to structure a data-driven visual story.

Who can enroll

This course is open to anyone interested in data journalism and visualization. It will be beneficial for people who are interested in developing data journalism and visualization skills, as well as individuals who already have these skills and want to strengthen them.

How the course works

First of all, note that this is an asynchronous course. That means there are no live events scheduled at specific times. You can log in to the course and complete activities throughout the week at your own pace, at the times and on the days that are most convenient for you.

The course materials are organized into six weekly modules. Alberto Cairo and Simon Rogers will be the lead instructors for this course and will be joined by a great team of instructors:

Debra Anderson, co-founder of Datavized

Duncan Clark, co-founder of Flourish

Jan Diehm, journalist-engineer, The Pudding

Minhaz Kazi, developer advocate, Google Data Studio

Marco Túlio Pires, News Lab lead, Google

Katherine Riley, data journalist, Flourish

Each weekly module will feature videos, presentations, readings, discussion forums, and messages from the instructors. The video classes will include both conceptual and practical videos to help enhance your understanding and practical application of the material. There will be a quiz each week to test the knowledge you've gained from the course materials. The weekly quizzes, and weekly participation in the discussion forums, are the basic requirements for earning an optional certificate of participation at the end of the course.

This course is very flexible, and if you are behind with the materials, you have the entire length of the course to complete them. We recommend that you complete each of the following before the end of each week so you don’t fall behind:

Video lectures

Readings and handouts/exercises

Participation in the discussion forums

Quizzes covering concepts from video lectures and/or readings

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be available for those who meet all of the course requirements. After confirmation of course requirements, the Knight Center will send a message with confirmation that you fulfilled the course requirements and qualify for the certificate. A certificate of completion is available for those who meet all of the course requirements, and pay online an administrative fee of $30 (thirty U.S. dollars), using a credit card. Once your payment has been confirmed you will receive an email with instruction on how to download the certificate. No formal course credit of any kind is associated with the certificate. The certificate is awarded by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas to attest to the participation in the online course.

To be eligible for a certificate of completion, you must:

Watch the weekly video classes and read the weekly readings

Complete weekly quizzes with a 70% minimum score. (You can retake the quizzes as many times as needed. Only the highest score will be recorded.)

Create OR reply to at least one discussion forum each week

At the end of the course, an online form will be made available for you to apply for a certificate. Once you have filled out the form and we have verified that you have met the course requirements, the Knight Center will send a message with instructions on how to make your payment. The verification process will take three to five business days.

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