822035 :Precision Journalism (DJ/CD)

Algemeen

Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and exercise sessions (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (Tentamenrooster)
Niveau:Master
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:This course has a maximum capacity of 40 participants. If you filled out the survey you received recently (“selecting master courses CIS Fall semester 2016) you will be enrolled automatically. Other students: see specifics.
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Docent(en)


dr. R. van Enschot-van Dijk (coordinator)

dr. E.A. Keuleers


Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After this course, you are able to:

    1. Understand basic concepts in precision journalism.
    2. Design and execute a precision journalism study, and analyze and interpret its data (using quantitative methods: data analysis, survey)
    3. Translate your quantitative research findings to journalistic language creating data-driven journalistic stories.


Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Contemporary societies increasingly depend on big data and on methods to translate it into knowledge and into policies. This course will train students to understand a data-driven society and to effectively communicate quantitative findings to the general public.

Students familiarize themselves with the aspects of data science relevant to investigative journalism and communication science in general. They learn how to conduct a precision journalism project relying on quantitative research methods. This is achieved via:

  • hands-on in-class exercises and case studies,

  • precision journalism project where students have the opportunity to apply their skills while researching and developing a journalistic story.

    Students learn how to formalize questions facing an investigative journalism using tools of data analysis. They learn how to translate verbal problem descriptions into the language of data science, how to interpret statistical results, and how to translate them back into everyday language.


Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course has a maximum capacity of 40 participants. If you filled out the survey you received recently (selecting master courses CIS Fall semester 2016) you will be enrolled automatically. All other students have to send an e-mail to: mastercoursesCIW@uvt.nl and will be enrolled if places are available.

Examination takes place based on a written exam (for objective 1: understanding the basic concepts: 40%), a group assignment (for objective 2: doing a precision journalism study from beginning to end: 30%) and an individual assignment (for objective 3: creating a data-driven journalistic story: 30%).  In order to pass the course, you need to receive a 5.5 or higher for all tests. Each test can be retaken once.

Students will benefit most from the course if they have some familiarity with statistical methods from previous courses (e.g., Analysis of Variance) and are willing to engage with technical material.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. Meyer, Ph. (2002), Precision Journalism. A Reporter's Introduction to Social Science Methods, 4th edition. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield. (263 pages)


Gewenste voorkennis

Analysis of variance


Vereiste voorkennis

None


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(18-jul-2017)