University of Technology Sydney

54023 Investigating: Data, Tools and Stories

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
Requisite(s): 54021 Narrative Multimedia Journalism OR 58111 Reporting with Sound and Image
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject introduces students to the foundations of investigative journalism in the digital age: a suite of tools for research and practice, and methods for analysing, verifying and visualising data for journalistic purposes. Students extend their abilities as reporters by developing investigative research skills, and are introduced to basic tools and techniques of data-driven reporting. They learn strategies for distinguishing investigative stories from other stories, develop their own ideas for investigative stories, researching stories in depth, finding original datasets and identifying stories in those datasets to support their reporting. They develop the capacity to critically assess and verify information and practice techniques used in industry by investigative reporters.

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