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.
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.
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.
– Dario Compagno
Associate Professor at Paris Nanterre University & MediaNumeric instructor
– Carl Berentzen
MediaNumeric & Leiden University student