Knight Center
Knight Center


Digital Tools for Journalists, 2nd edition

Course Dates: 
Monday, April 19, 2010 - Sunday, May 23, 2010
Application Period: 
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 16:50 - Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 17:00
Application Deadline Time Zone: 
Austin, Texas time
Course Language: 
Sandra Crucianelli
Course Objectives: 

* Learn advanced techniques of online investigation
* Become familiar with official national databases
* Learn to use new digital tools of the Web 2.0
* Acquire new techniques for Internet access and specialized software
* Learn to use government websites as sources, especially documents related to public budgets.

Course Requirements: 

* No previous participation in the course "Advanced Tools for Investigative Journalism"
* Basic knowledge of common software: Office, WinZip, Adobe Acrobat, and Explorer or another Internet browser
* Access to a computer with cable modem or high bandwidth
* Use of Internet and digital tools on a daily basis at work
* Ability to read English (medium level)
* A commitment of 10-15 hours a week, and no concurrent participation in any other Knight Center class
* Possession or creation of a Gmail and Yahoo account.

Course description: 

The course is conducted entirely online and is divided into weekly modules that contain audio and PowerPoint lectures, theoretical background, and useful online resources. Weekly exercises will be performed through discussion forums, and a final exam will take place the last week of the class. Participants may study at their own pace, according to their own schedules, but they will be expected to meet weekly deadlines.

Crucianelli, an Argentine journalist and journalism instructor, recently completed the e-book "Digital Tools for Journalists," which was published in February by the Knight Center. Crucianelli's book, which explains digital platforms in a variety of contexts, will be used as a central reference for this course.

The course is free of charge, and spaces are limited. Preference is given to journalists who have a minimum of three years experience in print or electronic media, use the Internet and digital tools daily at work, and have limited opportunities to attend professional development courses.

Instructor Information: 

Crucianelli is a nationally and internationally known journalist and instructor who has taught her online courses with the Center since 2004 as part of the Knight Center's distance education program.


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