Data-Driven Journalism, Creative Storytelling
and Fact-Checking

Between 2022 and 2023 MediaNumeric hosted three in-person courses on data-driven journalism, creative storytelling and fact-checking. The week-long courses were open to twenty students at a time from universities in Poland, The Netherlands and France. 

What did the course include?

6 days at the headquarters of the local university
A study visit to a recognised media institution
Internationally recognised trainers and experts leading the training programme
20 students of communication and journalism from Poland, France and the Netherlands as participants
Case- and problem-based learning – offering hands-on, workshop learning experience
Networking opportunities

What was the scope of the course?

The MediaNumeric Training Course provided students with a unique opportunity to learn the basics of data journalism and storytelling through a set of theoretical and practical courses spanning data extraction methods, data analysis and visualisation, as well as crafting stories based around data. The course also looked at the growing area of fact-checking and tracking the spread of misinformation around the world. Students worked with professionals who guided them through the learning process, showed them how to approach data-specific tasks, and supported them in investigating a case study in which they put the skills learnt into action. The course offered the theoretical know-how, tools and skills needed to take on data-driven journalism and storytelling as well as fact-checking, and all of the creative and professional opportunities it offers.

What was the philosophy behind the course?

The MediaNumeric project is based on the concept of dialogue, interaction and exchange of knowledge. In order to address the existing gap between university curricula on multimedia data-driven journalism and wider storytelling and the needs of contemporary media outlets and other creative businesses, the project facilitates dialogue between the sectors of higher education and the media and creative industries. Our aim was to give students the tools to help create a European media and creative ecosystem that is user-driven, fair and balanced, economically sustainable and technologically advanced.

An inside look into the three courses

🇫🇷 Paris

Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA)
21 - 26 February 2022
  • Case study on the migration crisis
  • Study visit to world-wide news agency Agence France-Presse
  • Networking events with experts from CEDMO and INA
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Projects like MediaNumeric are very useful because they bring people together from different countries who share common knowledge. We all speak the same language in a certain way.

– Dario Compagno
Associate Professor at Paris Nanterre University & MediaNumeric instructor

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🇳🇱 The Hague

Inholland University
27 June - 2 July 2022
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This week has really made me think. The idea that media are objective has been quite savagely disputed. That’s very important to me. During this week we’ve learned about lots of ways to uncover the truth. If you’re telling a story, it needs to be based on facts and unfortunately not all journalists are aware of that.

– Carl Berentzen
MediaNumeric & Leiden University student

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🇵🇱 Warsaw

SWPS University
20 - 25 February 2023
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I am still feeling honored to have been able to participate in the programme! It has been a great opportunity to learn more about the topics that I consider to be interesting and important.

– Didi Baas
MediaNumeric & Inholland University student

The MediaNumeric project has been co-funded by the European Commission under grant agreement No. 621610-EPP-1-2020-1-NL-EPPKA2-KA. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.