Our data journalism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is truly massive
Our free online course Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools is launching 19 May, 2014. With over 18.000 participants at press time, it is the largest online journalism course to date. Through video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings, and discussion forums, participants will learn the essential concepts and skills to effectively work with data and to produce compelling stories under tight deadlines.
To further support and engage students, we have set up local learning groups to run concurrently with the course, and will offer English, French, and Spanish subtitles for all videos. For more information, please contact Arne Grauls.
An opportunity to cover European innovation
The European Inventor Award, presented annually by the European Patent Office (EPO), pays tribute to the creativity of inventors whose quest for new ideas drives technological progress and economic growth, shapes our society, and improves our daily lives. This year’sEuropean finalists represent 10 countries.
For the second consecutive year, the EPO and the European Journalism Centre are pleased to invite 30 media professionals to cover this year’s European Inventor Award and to attend a press event organised alongside it. The press trip will take place in Berlin on 16 and 17 June 2014. For more information, please contact Biba Klomp.
Apply to the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant programme now!
Can you tell a development story in an original and unprecedented way that combines critical thinking with good “old school” fact checking and an exploration of new technology developments? If so, pitch us the heart of your story.
We are currently running the fourth call for applications for our grant programme, which aims to advance creative reporting approaches and enable better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by having a strong impact on media audiences in the following nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Innovative reporting projects will be awarded considerable funding. The deadline to submit an application is 23rd July 2014 (22:00 CET). For more information, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminar on moving Europe beyond the crisis
On 2 June 2014, the European Commission will adopt recommendations to EU Member States designed to move Europe beyond the crisis and to strengthen the foundations for growth.
On this occasion, the European Journalism Centre in co-operation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs is tailoring a media seminar for a specialised group of 18 journalists from the EU28 covering economic and financial issues. The seminar will be held from 2-3 June 2014 in Brussels. The organisers will cover travel, accommodation, and some meals. For more information, please contact Elise Rochez.
Learn the Dutch and Estonian approaches to European enlargement
In cooperation with the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission, the European Journalism Centre invites 15 journalists from the Western Balkans and Turkey to participate in either of two 2-day seminars on the topic of EU enlargement and the rule of law.
The first event will take place on 26-27 May 2014 in the Netherlands, a country whose integrated approach to prevent and detect corruption could serve as a model elsewhere in the EU.
The second event will take place on 19-20 June 2014 in Estonia, a country where corruption levels in an international comparison are considered to be low. For more information on both seminars, contact Malou Oldenhof.
Data journalism in Perugia
The European Journalism Centre, Open Knowledge Foundation, and International Journalism Festival hosted the 3rd edition of the School of Data Journalism last week in Perugia, Italy, as part of the International Journalism Festival.
This year’s edition featured a team of about 25 expert panelists and instructors from The New York Times, The Daily Mirror, Twitter, Ask Media, Knight Mozilla Open news and others. The experts will lead participants in a mix of discussions and hands-on sessions focusing on everything from data-driven investigative journalism to emergency reporting, using spreadsheets and social media, data visualisation, and mapping techniques for journalism. Look back via #ddjschool on Twitter and visit our website on Data Driven Journalism. For more information, please contact Antoine Laurent.
Covering the Brussels Economic Forum 2014
The Brussels Economic Forum (BEF) is taking place on the 10th June in Brussels. The European Journalism Centre and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs are pleased to invite 18 journalists from the EU28 specialised in economic and financial affairs to cover this year’s Economic Forum, and to attend a background briefing organised alongside of the BEF. The seminar will be held from 10-11 June 2014 in Brussels. For more information, please contact Elise Rochez.
EJC to host two panel sessions on verification
Following the launch of the Verification Handbook, the EJC will be presenting at two panel sessions entitled “Verification: the new tools of the trade” in June. Organised by the Ethical Journalism Network, the first session will be held at the 21st WAN-IFRA’s World Editors Forum on 10 June in Turin, Italy, and the second at the GEN News Summit/ EJN Conference on 11 June in Barcelona, Spain.
EU plans to simplify travel to the Schengen area
The Schengen Area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU, and cannot function efficiently without a common visa policy. On April 1, the European Commission put forth legislative proposals with the objective to shorten and simplify the procedures for third-country visitors.
In this context, the Directorate General for Home Affairs (DG Home) of the European Commission and the European Journalism Centre will organise a seminar on 16-17 June in Brussels. The event will cater to 30 journalists from countries outside the EU, plus 15 Brussels-based non-EU reporters. This briefing primarily seeks to create a better understanding of the development of the common visa policy and its implementation by Member States’ consulates and central visa authorities. For more information, please contactCristina Romero.
EJC works to improve health and development reporting in Kenya
From 24-26 March, 2014 the EJC implemented a practical trainingworkshop in Nairobi for Kenyan journalists focused on health and development issues in collaboration with local project partner AfricaonAir. The workshop, attended by 12 reporters, was led by AfricaonAir director Joseph Warungu and EJC trainer Hamadou Tidaine Sy.
Included in the itinerary was a reportage field visit to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi, the national body responsible for overseeing all health research in Kenya. The participants were briefed by the KEMRI director and other senior scientists and then toured the production facility as well as three of their labs that deal with Polio, HIV, and herbal medicine. For more on this workshop and its outcomes, please contact Josh Laporte.