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Data Journalism and Media Standards

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Data Journalism and Media Standards
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Data Journalism and Media Standards introduces you to the methods used by journalists in gathering and utilizing online data, as well as the use of freedom of information requests for government and public records. The use of blogs and the rise of the citizen journalist are also explored.

    The course first introduces the ever-growing set of tools, techniques, and approaches to storytelling known as data journalism. You will learn how to find data on the web, how to request it using freedom of information laws, how to use screen-scraping to gather data from unstructured sources, and use crowd-sourcing to collect datasets from readers. You will learn how to present data using techniques such as data visualization and news applications. You will also learn about mining data and learn to recognize the four main obstacles to the use of data journalism.

    Next, you will learn about the role of the free press and the standards that are in place which describe the privileges and responsibilities of a free press in a free society. The laws, statutes, and codes that determine the conduct required of news organizations are explained. The framework of a free press is also explained, such as, what rights are essential, in order for journalists to do their jobs. You will also learn about censorship and regulation of the media. You will review how government licensing in some countries both determines who may be a journalist and circumscribes the parameters of acceptable reporting and commentary leading to self-censorship and stifling of dissent and debate.

    Finally, you are introduced to the tools and resources used to hold bloggers and citizen journalists to account. You will learn how access to electronic files presents special challenges such as being over-connected which can fragment and compartmentalize public opinion. You will also learn how information that is in the public domain cannot be the basis of an invasion of privacy suit. You will also learn about how discipline, order and planning are essential for successful investigative journalism, and how your work must be solidly researched, well written and verifiable.

    This course will be of great interest to journalists and students who would like to learn how gathering and presenting data can be used as key part of the journalistic process. The course will also be of interest to learners who want an insight into the ethics and laws governing journalism, and how they apply to both professional and citizen journalists.

  • After completing this course you will be able to:
    - Explain the use of data in journalism;
    - List the four main obstacles to the use of data in journalism;
    - Explain how to access and request data;
    - List the three key concepts to understanding data;
    - Explain data literacy;
    - Explain the responsibilities of a free press in a free society;
    - Define the right of access to government proceedings;
    - Explain what rights are essential in order for journalists to do their jobs;
    - List the four distinct and identified privacy torts;
    - Explain the ethics of journalism;
    - Explain how a blog publisher can still be sued for material he writes;
    - Define the classification of a journalist;
    - Explain how journalism enhances civil society;
    - List the nine types of FOI exemptions;
    - Explain how to produce investigative journalism to international standards.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 4 )
  • DATA JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STANDARDS
  • Module 1: Introduction to Data Journalism
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What is Data Journalism?
    • Gathering the Data
    • Understanding and Delivering Data
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Journalism and the Free Press
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Role of the Media
    • Framework for a Free Press
    • Responsibilities of Journalists
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: New Media and Journalism
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Blogs and Citizen Journalists
    • Exchange of Information
    • Investigative Journalism
    • Lesson Summary
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 4: Data Journalism and Media Standards Assessment
    • Data Journalism and Media Standards Assessment
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 1: Introduction to Data Journalism
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.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 2: Journalism and the Free Press
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.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 3: New Media and Journalism
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.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 4: Data Journalism and Media Standards Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours

  • Publisher

    Advance Learning Academy

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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