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King’s Data School, frequently asked questions

Data Journalism Summer School FAQ

What is data journalism?

Data journalism encompasses a lot of things these days, from the data analysis skills that have traditionally been known as computer-assisted reporting, or CAR, to computer programming to developing news applications. At the online data school, we will cover basic spreadsheet and visualization skills, as well as provide an introduction to mapping.

How would I use data journalism in my work?

Data journalism techniques are valuable for everything from the quick, daily story right on up to massive data investigations and mapping projects. The skills taught in the coding school are essential for today’s digital journalist. Once you know the skills, you will regularly find ways to make your journalism better using these techniques. Data journalism skills are also in demand, and journalists who have them get the best jobs, as well as the best stories.

Why would I want to take a week-long course?

Experience shows it takes several days to effectively learn these skills, and how and when to apply them. The intensive, one-week approach provides the necessary to master data journalism techniques so you can put them to work with confidence. Because of COVID-19, we have adapted our usual format to online delivery.

How long does the school run?

The basic data school runs all day Monday to Friday. As much of the material is prerecorded, however, you can adapt the schedule to your needs. Some sessions are live via Zoom.

How many registrations will you take?

The school is currently full.

Can I have you hold a spot or pay part of the fee now and the rest later?

Demand is normally brisk for the schools, so to be fair to everyone involved, we cannot confirm a spot for you until you have paid in full. It is not possible to begin attending the classes without having paid in full.

What is your cancellation policy?

Until June 15, we will refund your fee minus a 50 per cent administration fee ($62.50). There are no refunds for cancellations after June 15. We will, however, waive the penalty in the event that there is a waiting list and another person is available to take your place in the same or higher rate category. The administration fee is payable in all instances.

When will I receive more information?

Registered participants will receive a detailed email with information about the school, a few days before it begins. This will include the full schedule and access to the course materials.

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:55 pm AST
Modified: June 12, 2020, 8:47 pm ADT