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MSc Data Journalism

Course Description

The developments of the internet have given database journalism a new definition, according to which it defines a process where the database becomes the center of the journalistic work (as opposed to the story in traditional journalism). It slowly evolved into data journalism; a journalistic process based on analyzing and filtering large data sets for the purpose of creating a new story.

This new international Master's program explores the opportunities of data journalism from four angles: data retrieval, data storytelling, data visualization and data publishing. It combines the scientific methods of data treatment with the core values of journalism: select, arrange, digest and reflect. The Data Journalism Master's track puts a strong focus on online and social media based journalism.

The master track Data Journalism (DJ) has a natural connection with Human Aspects of Information Technology (HAIT) and Communication Design (CD). Embedded in the strong Communication and Information Sciences program, Tilburg University believes it has launched a unique Master's program in which students learn how to transfer information and how new means of communication can be used.

Career Prospects Data Journalism

After completing the MSc specialization Data Journalism, a broad range of career paths in business, research and education will be open to the student. A graduate will be able to work and consult on data journalism and work in a broad range of media (related) companies or institutes. With a master's degree, a student can also start a career as a scientific researcher in this field. These opportunities are worldwide because the master is internationally-oriented.

Core competences:
•Ability to select data from a broad range of data sources
•Ability to analyze and abstract data from a scientific perspective
•Ability to explore and detect abnormity in data
•Familiarity with various data standards & the ability to convert
•Ability to visualize data from a journalistic perspective in graphics and text
•Ability to transform data in a journalistic storyline
•Ability to plan and organize innovative data projects

International careers:
•Data journalist
•Research journalist
•Data consultant
•Data researcher
•Interaction designer
•Multimedia storyteller
•Innovation officer
•Project manager new media
•Data scientist

Visit the MSc Data Journalism page on the Tilburg University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as general Communication Studies, Linguistics, or a modern language. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject are most welcome to apply, but we strongly recommend that you consult us in advance for advice. An adequate knowledge of English is required.

Course Fees

EEA citizens (Statutory fee): € 1,998; Non-EEA citizens (Institutional fee): € 10,500

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