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Friday, March 16 • 11:20 - 12:10
Teaching Data Journalism: best practice, challenges & opportunities

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The session will be an opportunity to highlight experiences of university lecturers who were involved in teaching data journalism to give an overview of what worked and what didn't and reflect on opportunities for improvement.
Data/computational/precision journalism subjects are unique in enabling students to deal with numbers and carry out some statistical analysis to make the best out of available datasets. There may well be students that are not keen on working with math, especially if they had no expectation of having to come back to it when they enrolled into a journalism programme. The aim of this session is to know how teachers could motivate students to learn basic statistics and utilise tools to make the best of their data and identify subjects to write about as part of their learning experience.
Additionally, with the proliferation of new data every day, verifying authenticity and validity of data has become increasingly important, especially if the data obtained is from social media and other less reliable spaces. How could educational institutions cope with those demands in an age of numerous fake/unreliable information sources operated by bots working over time to produce fake news and propaganda? This session aims at answering this question with an emphasis on the need for educational institutes to take data journalism education needs into account.

Moderators
avatar for Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Technology, Södertörn University
Walid Al-Saqaf is a senior lecturer in journalism and media technology at Södertörn University in Stockholm where he specialises in data journalism, Internet and blockchain research.  Within the blockchain domain, he has written about its social impact and is the vice president... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Foresti

Sandra Foresti

Lecturer, JMG
Sandra Foresti is a lecturer in research and investigative journalism at JMG, the department of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She is also responsible for the department’s two data journalism courses. She previously worked as a journalist... Read More →
avatar for Kresten Roland Johansen

Kresten Roland Johansen

Lecturer, DMJX
Kresten Roland Johansen is lecturer in data journalism, basic statistics and quantitative methodology at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark. Since 2004, working with surveys and news with numbers, initially at DICAR – Danish Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting... Read More →
avatar for Espen Sørmo Strømme

Espen Sørmo Strømme

NLA Mediehøgskolen Gimlekollen
Espen Sørmo Strømme is assistant professor in journalism at NLA, Gimlekollen, Kristiansand, Norway. He is the author of the book «Økonomijournalistikk» (economic journalism), and teach digital journalism as well. His most recent endeavour is to create a media lab for data driven... Read More →



Friday March 16, 2018 11:20 - 12:10
Svarta Lådan (MB313) Sodertorn University, 141 52 Huddinge, Sverige

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