A DIY, Project-based Approach to Teaching Data Journalism

Caroline Graham*

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As a case study, this article will illustrate how a project-based approach has addressed some of the challenges of embedding data journalism content into courses at a small Australian university. It will also identify some of the associated limitations and difficulties. Since 2013, Bond journalism students have undertaken five collaborative data-driven investigations, with a sixth underway in 2018. The project-based approach encourages resilience, creative problem-solving and minimizes students’ aversion to maths and statistics while empowering students to produce industry-standard work in an area of inexperience and discomfort. However, it is a reasonably resource-intensive approach and would be difficult to replicate in a larger cohort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalAsia Pacific Media Educator
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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