Data Journalism

Course Information
  • Subject: Journalism, Business
  • Level: Master
  • Type of Degree: MSc
  • Cost: EUR 1,951 2015/16

Course description

Data Journalism is an English-taught track of the one-year Master's programme in Communication and Information Sciences.

The developments of the internet have given database journalism a new definition, according to which it defines a process where the database becomes the center of the journalistic work (as opposed to the story in traditional journalism). It slowly evolved into data journalism; a journalistic process based on analyzing and filtering large data sets for the purpose of creating a new story.

This new international Master's program explores the opportunities of data journalism from four angles: data retrieval, data storytelling, data visualization and data publishing. It combines the scientific methods of data treatment with the core values of journalism: select, arrange, digest and reflect. The Data Journalism Master's track puts a strong focus on online and social media based journalism.

The master track Data Journalism (DJ) has a natural connection with Human Aspects of Information Technology (HAIT) and Communication Design (CD). Embedded in the strong Communication and Information Sciences program, Tilburg University believes it has launched a unique Master's program in which students learn how to transfer information and how new means of communication can be used.

Careers Prospects

After completing the MSc specialization Data Journalism, a broad range of career paths in business, research and education will be open to the student. A graduate will be able to work and consult on data journalism and work in a broad range of media (related) companies or institutes. With a master's degree, a student can also start a career as a scientific researcher in this field. These opportunities are worldwide because the master is internationally-oriented.

Core competences:

  • Ability to select data from a broad range of data sources
  • Ability to analyze and abstract data from a scientific perspective
  • Ability to explore and detect abnormity in data
  • Familiarity with various data standards & the ability to convert
  • Ability to visualize data from a journalistic perspective in graphics and text
  • Ability to transform data in a journalistic storyline
  • Ability to plan and organize innovative data projects

International careers:

  • Data journalist
  • Research journalist
  • Data consultant
  • Data researcher
  • Interaction designer
  • Multimedia storyteller
  • Innovation officer
  • Project manager new media
  • Data scientist
  • Researcher


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