This module first introduces the elements and methods of data journalism and how it opens new possibilities and abilities to tell a story. You will also learn about the different types of software used to gather data as well as the code and tags used in html language for websites. The module also describes the three key concepts you need to understand when starting a data project and how errors can skew a data journalist's attempts to discover the patterns in the database.
In this module you will learn about the journalistic standards that are in place. The basic processes and approaches involved in journalism licencing schemes are covered, such as when government authorities determine who can and cannot cover the news. You will also learn about the use of codes of ethics which offer voluntary guidelines to help journalists make morally and professionally sound decisions, encouraging greater accountability with readers and viewers.
Module 3 covers the tools and resources used to hold bloggers and citizen journalists to account. You will also learn about freedom of information and how information that is in the public domain such as public records or proceedings, cannot be the basis of an invasion of privacy suit. You will also learn why a free press enhances the public’s right to know by encouraging the free exchange of information.