Graduate Class: Data journalism, and data storytelling more generally, are hot fields. Being able to tell data-driven stories is a career skill in much demand. Building the knowledge base to do this accurately, creatively, and successfully is the goal of this course. As the cost has fallen for analysis and visualization software, and as datasets of all kinds are being released openly on the web, data storytelling has taken off as a skill and field. There are many applications and use cases in business, government, law, medicine, and the public and private sectors alike. However, the most prominent way that citizens access and engage with data stories is through mass media and journalism.
Telling Your Story with Data, JRNL 6341, explores select topics in data journalism and support data-driven storytelling projects of various kinds. Course units will foster moderate technical learning of applications and software; incorporate theories from relevant fields in data visualization and data science, and emphasize storytelling for broad public audiences. This class is a requirement for those graduate students in the Media Innovation track and an elective for those in the Professional track.
Specifically, this course aims to:
- Foster knowledge of both the classic and cutting-edge forms for telling stories with data.
- Instill a sense of rigor in analyzing and using data and statistics.
- Build knowledge of a variety of software tools and applications to clean, analyze, and visualize data.
- Empower students to work creatively on projects they are passionate about, promoting innovation and experimentation in storytelling.
This course is taught by former Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Matt Carroll.
JRNL6341 | CRN16107 (Graduate Students Only)