822042 :Journalistic Data Analysis (DJ/CD)

Algemeen

Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: This course consists of eight face-to-face lectures, five seminars with student presentations, and some online lectures. Furthermore, we will have online discussions in a blog environment. (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Exam + assignments (see: Specifics) (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.M.F. Koolen (coordinator)

dr. R. van Enschot-van Dijk


Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Interpret and explain relevant concepts in the field of journalistic and scientific data analysis.
  • Analyze and evaluate the accuracy of journalistic stories, in particular those reporting on scientific research.
  • Reflect on journalistic cases using scientific literature, with the aim to develop a critical opinion on the subject matter.


Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course is about getting the facts right. We want you to develop a critical attitude towards numbers, data analysis, visualizations, and journalistic stories in general. We will start with a short introduction into the field of Data Journalism. After that, we will put a special focus on:

  • Finding factual assertions in journalistic, non-fictional texts.
  • Evaluation of data sets. We will discuss both traditional (databases, interviews) and contemporary (social media, online databases) news sources.
  • Pitfalls within scientific and journalistic data analysis. How can data analysis be biased, or lacking a critical approach?
  • The role of (misleading) visualizations in modern journalism. How can visualizations be used to reach specific journalistic goals?

We will discuss current research and journalistic stories. There will be guest speakers from the field of data journalism.


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.

It is compulsory for students to attend all five seminars. To successfully finish the course, you will need to:

  • Write two blog posts reflecting on the content of the lectures (individual assignment: 10% of end grade for each blog post)
  • Present one of your blogs during the course (individual assignment: 10% of end grade)
  • Do a fact-checking project (group assignment: 20% of end grade)
  • Written exam (individual assignment: 50% of end grade)
  • Contribute to discussions (in class and online; pass/no pass)

Note: you need to score at least 5.5 on all parts. Your contribution to the discussions needs to be rewarded with a pass. 


Verplichte literatuur

  1. Selected articles (to be announced)


Gewenste voorkennis


Vereiste voorkennis


Mogelijk interessant voor

  • Bedrijfscommunicatie en Digitale Media ( 2015, 2016 )
  • Communicatie-Design ( 2015, 2016 )
  • Human aspects of Information Technology ( 2015, 2016 )
  • Data Journalism ( 2015, 2016 )
  • Communication and Information Sciences ( 2015, 2016 )

(18-jul-2017)