University of Technology Sydney

52646 Investigations, Data and Collaboration

Requisite(s): 16 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ10046 Journalism Major OR 30 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ09478 48cp Journalism Major OR 30 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ09486 48cp Journalism Major
Anti-requisite(s): 54023 Investigating: Data, Tools and Stories


This subject introduces students to a suite of digital tools for research and practice in investigative journalism, and methods for analysing, verifying and visualising data for journalistic purposes. Students explore the capabilities and limitations of competing investigative methodologies, and the role of public interest investigative journalism. They develop investigative open-source research skills, the capacity to critically assess and verify information and practice techniques used in data investigations. Students are introduced to investigative cross-border collaborations such as The Panama Papers, the Implant Files and Football Leaks to understand how journalists collaborate on large datasets, manage data leaks, use open-source information and report transnational issues. By the end of the session, students have the skills to produce innovative, collaborative, multimedia reporting that incorporates data visualisations, audio, text, stills and video.

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Autumn session, City campus

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