2015 workshop | Journalism School Science Po Paris

A 12 session course about interactivity and journalism.

What this course is about: you & team work.

This course, Interactive Journalism, aims at becoming a place where you make things and where you think differently about journalism & interactivity. The idea of IJ is to think, organise and create new type of contents that you’re going to be proud of. Content that is cool, interesting, deep and funny, but also innovative, experiential and interactive. IJ is also about “sharing”. Sharing your point of view about these emerging ways of telling news stories, sharing your experience and sharing your productions. Much of it can be text, but since IJ requires some creativity from your side, don’t hesitate to experiment with your camera, some coding and the incredible tools that are outside. Everything will be published here, because frankly, Medium is a great place to share your content with the world.

Reporting news is often a lonely business. You sit in front of your computer, stand behind your camera or hold your microphone, edit, cut, correct, file your report and head to next story. Of course discussion takes place in the newsroom, but have ever interacted with your readers, with your audience? We’re going to work differently here. Collaboration is key, group work, team building, that’s what IJ is about too. There will be personal assignments of course where you’ll have to go a little bit deeper than the courses teaches you, but the goal here is to make you leave these 12 session with an interactive piece that makes you proud and reflects your skills as a media maker.

We’re using Medium for IJ because it has a unique feature that helps collaborating work a lot: comments. On the left side of the posts you’ll be able to add value to the work of your teammates. Don’t hesitate to contribute, help, add comments and share your thoughts on the work done by your colleagues. You’ll find more about how to use Medium here, here, here and here.

What will be done during the class?

Another idea behind IJ is that you’re going to contribute to this medium publication and that together we will create a collection of stories using different kind of tools. Following the assignments instructions, you will participate to an experiment that aims at creating a record of the new practices that could emerge in newsrooms around the world in a not-so-distant future.

During IJ’s classes, you’ll have to co-create a project that will be presented at the end of the 12 sessions to your colleagues and published here.
Remember the three steps to creativity : copy, transform, and combine. In order to do that, you’ll have to read a lot. Here, you’ll find a collection of link and book references that will allow you to go further on the path of interactive journalism.

During these next 12 sessions, what I expect from you is curiosity, a sense of defiance, I want you to question the standards, the way things are done everyday whether on an ethical level or a more technical one. I want you to think about your own consumption of news, how you access it, how you like it, what makes you pay or not an info, is the tone. What would you improve? I want you to feel free in this classroom to experiment and try new things. I want you to be open-minded, not afraid by what is said about the state of the news industry. In a way I’d love to see you reinventing what’s to be a journalist today and in a near future.

One more thing…


30% final project
30% smaller assignment
20% collaboration, based on assessment of your notes on others’ work
20% class participation and demonstrated familiarity with the assigned reading

Don’t work for the grade, work for you, for the idea of creating great content that could be published by a serious news outlet. In another word, try to impress yourself.

Academic standards

Transparency is key. Sources will be published, if you fail to cite the work of others, it’ll be a serious issue. Work done here for IJ can’t be submitted for other classes. Journalism & Sciences Po ethical standards will be observed.


Starting from the 2nd session, readings will be given as references. You should be inspired to read them all in order to understand what we’re talking about.


(subject to changes)

Syllabus for the 2015–2016 interactive journalism courses at Sciences Po Paris