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InfoTimes launches the first of its kind ‘Data Journalism Diploma’ in February 2020 – May 2020 to teach the fundamental skills journalists need to produce data-driven stories.

This is the first of a two-level course, which will cover the basic skills journalists need to produce a data-driven story by: present and collect data, as well as cleaning, analyze, and visualize data.

Participants will also be able to find and use data in: live news coverage, in-depth reports, and analysis features and investigative stories.

This paid course is mainly intended for journalists who aspire to integrate data journalism as a part of their career and want to enhance their skill sets.

The program will consist of 120 hours credit hours, which are divided into 40 hours per academic week. This equates to an average of 8 hours per day over a period of 5 days per month.

Local and global experts in the field of data journalism will be instructing lectures to share their knowledge, techniques, and methodologies by introducing students to a variety of case studies.

The first three weeks of the course are scheduled for theoretical lectures and practical exercises, where students will be graded for depending on their performance. The last week of the course will be devoted to the completion of the graduation project supported by a mentoring program. Participants are expected to attend lectures and submit assignments where they will be graded as per their performance.

Local and international journalists will use global guidelines to assess students’ projects to ensure the best quality of work. These projects will be presented in international awards and competitions, and will be published on InfoTimes’ website.

The program will be lead by InfoTimes’ founder, Amr Eleraqi, who is a consultant at the World Bank, the author of ‘Data Journalism Handbook for Covering Human Rights‘ and university professor advocating for the integration of data analytical skills in journalism.

Since 2012, InfoTimes has organized short-term workshops in data journalism.
However, this program is different from InfoTimes’ previous workshops.the longevity of this program allows a more hands-on experience and has a thorough theoretical approach to the field which ensures skills development and a long-term impact.

InfoTimes is the leading data journalism team and award-winning international editors ’award for the best data team in the small newsroom category of 2018. It has trained hundreds of journalists in cooperation with BBC Media Action, Free Press Unlimited, Deutsche Welle and Internews.

This initiative aligns with InfoTimes’ mission to establish a generation of data journalist as a data journalism pioneering platform in Egypt. To register and view the syllabus, click here.

Author

Prior to joining Infotimes, Nour has worked as a multimedia reporter and video producer for several media platforms including Egypt Today, Business Forward and Egyptian Streets. She graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2017 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a minor in Business Administration.

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