We’ve built a new space for journalists to learn and improve their data skills

Adam Thomas
Apr 4 · 5 min read

Beautiful things happen when journalism meets data: individual stories are connected with larger societal challenges; complexity gets translated into insightful visualisations; investigations join the dots between billions of documents.

At the European Journalism Centre, we believe the use of data in journalism is a cornerstone of building resilience in any newsroom.

After 10 years of running data journalism programmes, and following months of research, we are excited to bring you DataJournalism.com, supported by Google News Initiative. This is a new space for journalists to learn and improve data skills, explore the latest challenges in the field and discuss new approaches with their peers.

The story behind DataJournalism.com

DataJournalism.com has been almost 10 years in the making.

Since 2010, when we launched our first data journalism programme “Data Driven Journalism”, the European Journalism Centre has been working to support data journalists. On the way, we learned a lot.

In 2011, we produced the first Data Journalism Handbook, a guide to the world of data journalism, and it quickly became a standard reference for early career data journalists worldwide.

When, following the success of our MOOC “Doing Journalism with Data” which was attended by 25,000 students, we launched our first LEARNO.net courses in 2015, we quickly realised that there was a need for classes in all different levels — from basic introductions to advanced master classes.

Last year, while developing the second edition of the Data Journalism Handbook we felt that in the age of maturity for data journalism, the time has come to offer a critical assessment of the role of data in journalism and society.

Today, almost 10 years after our first initiative, we hope DataJournalism.com. can become the go-to resource for data journalism enthusiasts over the world.

What you will find on DataJournalism.com

1. Read

Find our Long Reads in our Read hub.

Our editorial team is curating a series of Long Reads to offer you a deep-dive analysis by the most influential data journalism experts in the world.

You will also find both editions of the industry-changing Data Journalism Handbook: one full of practical advice and how-tos, the second with top-notch academic reflections.

This is perfect for: Data journalists experts and thought-leaders looking to keep up to date with the latest challenges in the field; but also university coordinators looking to diversify their curricula or researchers.

2. Watch

All our video courses in one place.

Want to dive deep into Python and get the best tips on how to make it work for you in the newsroom?

Or you just need a short overview of how to create beautiful charts in Excel? No problem. You can enrol in any of our premium-quality online video courses, from a basic introduction to advanced master classes, delivered to you by some of the best data journalism experts and trainers.

This is perfect for: Students and beginners looking for an introduction to the basic crafts of data journalism; but also experienced journalists aiming to brush up old skills or get into a new niche.

3. Discuss

Join our community to Discuss all things data journalism with your peers.

Our forum is an open space to meet other like-minded data journalists on all levels.

Whether you are after a new job, want to find a supportive community to share your latest work, or just have a question on one of our video courses, you can jump in the discussion in our forums.

You can ask questions, upvote them and exchange with other data journalists on your experiences.

This is perfect for: Data journalism teams wanting to showcase their latest published project or wanting to share their ultimate R package. But it is also a great place for newcomers in search of advice and guidance in their first steps as a data journalist.

4. Discounts and promotions

To support you in your work, we have gathered discounts and special promotions for some of the most interesting tools and technologies for data journalists, such as the security app 1Password, scraping aid app DIFFBOT, off-shore server provider FLOKINET, and many more (MindMeister, Piktochart, ProtonMail & FastMail, ProWritingAid, SiteGround, Survs). We will update the goodie bag regularly with new offers.

Sign up now!

Here’s how you can join us

DataJournalism.com is for everyone — regardless of whether you are a journalism student or an established expert in the field. Once you sign in, you can enrol for free into one of our premium online courses or discuss with the community in our forums.

Your personal profile
The idea behind your personal page is twofold: Once you have signed in for free, you get immediate access to all our courses. You can watch these in your own speed and keep track of your progress. This means you can start learning at any given time and pick it up just where you left.

Also, you can make your personal profile work as your business card in the data journalism community. By showcasing your interests, skills and recent projects, it will be easier for like-minded people to find you.

We hope you will join us on this journey and help us shape the future of DataJournalism.com. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

For updates, you can follow us on @datajournalism on Twitter or sign up to our bi-monthly newsletter Conversations with Data.


DataJournalism.com is created by the European Journalism Centre and supported by Google News Initiative.

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Thanks to Letizia Gambini

Adam Thomas

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Technology & journalism. Director @ejcnet. Formerly @Storyful @Sourcefabric @transmediale. Don’t panic.

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