Data journalism(JOU308)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
JOU308 Data journalism 6 1 2 0 3 4
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Tolga ÇEVİKEL (Email) Duru Su KADIOĞLU (Email)
Objective The Data Journalism course aims to understand practically and theoretically the basic stages of this field, which are data finding, data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, data visualization, and to understand the open data relationship by using the right to information.
In addition, the course emphasizes computer-assisted journalism and data-based journalism as a result of data journalism in the developing Internet world and describes how it plays an essential role in more effective transmission of news in newsrooms as the future of journalism, with developing online open sources, tools and techniques.
Content Data Types
Open Data, Data Disclosure Methods, and Ethics
Definition/History of Data Journalism - Where It Came From
Definition of Scattered Data, Accuracy of Data
Recognizing and Understanding Data Formats
How to Find Data
Data Sources and Database Management
Finding a Story with Data - How-To
Data Cleaning - How to Make sense of Data
Data Scraping - Websites as a data source
Introduction to Data Visualization Tools (Open Source)
Right Graph by Subject, Selection Map
Basic Statistics and Working Practices in Excel
Relationship between Right to Information Request and Open Data
Resources and Techniques
Social Media Data Analysis / Usage
Verifying Digital Content
Course Learning Outcomes In this course, the student
Learns concepts related to data journalism, its history, and tools with examples,
Data Journalism experiences and collects data using the most appropriate tools online, what the data sources are and how datasets are created,
Gains knowledge of data analysis, visualization, interviewing data and conducts effective teamwork,
Understands and applies the use of data in news centers and news,
Performs design fundamentals, effective visual communication and data visualization, mapping studies,
Understands and implements the process of producing data-based news.
Teaching and Learning Methods Weekly pre-class online reading.
Studying tools, group, and solo project-produced assignments/tests.
Practical studies from the 3rd week, the use of tools.
Fieldwork, data center visits.
References AVVG

Data Journalism: Inside the global future
Data Journalism: Mapping the Future

Scraping for Journalists


Open Data Institute /
School of Data /
Getting Started with Data Journalism /Writing data stories in any size newsroom /by Claire Miller/
Data Journalism HandBook /Edited by Jonathan Gray,Lilliona Bounegry and Lucy Chambers /

Data Journalism Heist /by Paul Bradshaw

Gazeteciliğin Geleceği:Veri Gazeteciliği-Pınar Dağ

Finding Stories in Spreadsheets
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Basic Data Concepts
2 Data Research Techniques
3 Data Cleaning
4 Data Literacy, Metadata, Open Data
5 Effective Utilization Methods of BEH
6 Thinking Like a Data Journalist
7 What Does Good/Bad Datasets Mean?
8 Midterm exam
9 Data Analysis and Interpretation
10 Data Visualization Principles
11 Data Visualization Applications
12 R Visualization for Data Journalism
13 Storytelling with Data
14 Presentation of Group and Solo Projects
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 40
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 60
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 0 0
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Will have effective written and oral communication skills in Turkish X
2 Will have a thorough knowledge of at least two foreign languages X
3 Will be informed about art and culture, human rights, social, professional and ethical values, law and legislation, quality standards, and will be aware of their responsibility on these subjects X
4 Will have sufficient knowledge about social sciences, professions and sectors in communication and media, innovative and entrepreneurial practices X
5 Will have the ability to use, in an effective and creative way, the techniques and tools and information technologies necessary for interactive and conventional media, in the context of health and safety in the workplace X
6 Will have the ability to develop documentary and fictional content related to their field for interactive and conventional media; also the ability to produce and manage this content in group X
7 Will have the theoretical knowledge and ability to carry out and share scientific work on communication environments and processes of interactive and conventional media and on the individual and social outcomes of the latter X
8 Will have the knowledge of analysis and modelling techniques to analyse interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes X
9 Will have the ability to question and critically analyse developments and problems concerning interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes, will be aware of the public interest, social responsibility and the environment, will be sensitive to contemporary world’s and Turkey's current problems; will develop a libertarian, democratic, constructive and problem-solving approach X
10 They are familiar with the historical development processes of electronic, digital media and film; and the current developments in these fields
11 They learn sociological, cultural and aesthetic approaches in electronic, digital media and film
12 They learn the political economy of cultural industries, labour and production relations, analysis of marketing and consumption patterns.
13 They learn at a first level how to use the equipment necessary for the production of audio-visual content for TV, radio and digital media and of films in different genres
14 They gain experience in conducting creative activities in electronic, digital media and film; in producing and working in groups
15 They acquire theoretical information in the fields of public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and organizational communication
16 They are familiar with the research, planning, implementation and evaluation processes in public relations and advertising; they can create campaigns, present them effectively and write reports
17 They have knowledge of organisational communication, crisis and risk communication, reputation management, media relations, media planning, digital media management, brand management and interpersonal communication. They are able to carry out activities in these areas
18 They use public relations and advertising strategies and tactics appropriate to the specificities of conventional and new media
19 They are aware of legal regulations, ethical codes in public relations and advertising, and they remain faithful to them
20 They are familiar with the different theoretical approaches regarding the social place, role and functions of journalism as a social institution and phenomenon; they are familiar with the process of producing information for conventional and digital media X
21 They are familiar with the structural and technical specificities, management characteristics of conventional/mainstream media, as well as alternative media structures X
22 They are familiar with the new conceptual and theoretical discussions emerging from interactive/digital media in terms of social sciences and humanities X
23 They are familiar with the historical development of journalism in Turkey and in the world; they can analyse it in the context of social and political history X
24 They have the ability to effectively use information technology, printing and publishing techniques; to write a press article using data collected on the web and on social media, to visualize this data and to publish it X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Total Workload 0
Total Workload / 25 0,00
Credits ECTS 0
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