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Summer School - Interviewing Your Data: Tools and Methods for Data Journalists, 14 - 18 June 2021, Hungary

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2020

Deadline: Feb 14, 2021

Event Dates: from Jun 14, 2021 12:00 to Jun 18, 2021 12:00

Free media is essential to hold the less-than transparent governments of Central and Eastern Europe to account. Key political and business actors are increasingly obfuscating their actions and limiting data access to escape public scrutiny. Effective investigative journalism requires a set of skills for obtaining and working with large datasets, and interpreting the patterns emerging from such data. 
This course will bring together junior journalists and researchers from the CEE regions with global experts of data journalism with the aim of teaching the necessary tools and methods, as well as to build professional networks. 
This one-week course will cover four topics: 
  1. finding and obtaining data: open data, large-scale data platforms, freedom-of-information requests, web scraping 
  2. working with data in various formats, cleaning messy and purposefully obfuscated data with OpenRefine 
  3. building stories from data, ethics of working with large datasets  
  4. principles of effective and truthful visualization
Classes will be hands-on, where learners use their own computer to access the tools and technologies taught and discuss problems in small groups. A key component of several modules is “live demo,” where instructors and learners work on their problems together. This practice enables effective learning with frequent interaction and feedback from instructors and peers. 

Target group

This course is intended for junior journalists working in small to medium newsrooms or journalism projects. Students pursuing a career in journalism can also join. We also invite applications from advanced undergraduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest.


Good English and access to a personal laptop required. No specific computer experience assumed.

Language requirement

The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.

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