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New Knight Center MOOC "Introduction to Data Journalism" nears 3,000 participants



Over 2,700 participants from 47 countries have registered for the next Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, "Introduction to Data Journalism," taught in Spanish by journalist and expert on the subject Sandra Crucianelli. Click here to register

By Wednesday afternoon, 2,737 people had already registered for the course. Spain and Mexico are the two countries with the greatest representation, followed by Brazil and Argentina with nearly 300, and Colombia and Venezuela with another 200 each. Students have also signed up from other countries like Germany, Australia, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Finland, Israel, Japan, Mozambique, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Turkey. 

"Every journalist should take this course. The enormous amount of data that digital technology has made available obligates journalists to learn certain techniques to find them and analyze them," she told professor Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center. "This introductory course is for any journalist or person interested in this phenomenon and opens the door to a greater specialization in this field."

"Introduction to Data Journalism" will address the basic concepts of data journalism, survey the current state of the practice around the world, new digital tools for searching and mining data, a presentation on mathematics and statistics for journalists, techniques for data visualization and best practices for the development of news apps.

Crucianelli's course will include video classes, tutorials, lectures, exercises and tests. Like past Knight Center MOOCs, this course will be divided into weekly modules and will be available at any time, since there will not be any live activities. While each student should complete the course in their own time, each weekly module has deadlines for tests and participation in student forums.

Knight Center MOOCs have been very popular since the inception of the program in October last year. 

The first Knight Center MOOC was "Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization," taught last year by instructor Alberto Cairo with more than 2,000 students. The course was so well received that the Knight Center offered a second edition this year, identical to the first. It started on Jan. 12, with 5,000 students from 133 countries and concluded on Feb. 23. On March 8, the Knight Center launched its first MOOC in Spanish, "How to Improve Electoral Coverage," with renowned Colombia journalist María Teresa Ronderos.

Sandra Crucianelli specializes in investigative reporting and precision journalism, with an emphasis on digital sources and database journalism. Since 2004, she has taught several distance learning courses for the Knight Center as an online instructor. She is also a board member at the Digital Journalism Center at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, instructor at the Florida International University Media Center, and founder of Solo Local.Info, a hyperlocal digital journalism project. Crucianelli authored the book "Herramientas Digitales para Periodistas," digital tools for journalists, published by the Knight Center in Spanish and Portuguese. 

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created in 2002 by professor Rosental Alves at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism thanks to a generous donation from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has been supporting it continually. The Center also receives major contributions from the Open Society Foundations and The University of Texas at Austin. The Center's main goal is to help journalists in Latin American and the Caribbean to improve the quality of journalism in their countries.

MOOC "Introducción al Periodismo de Datos" from Knight Center on Vimeo.



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