2023-2024 / COMU0044-1

Digital journalism

Digital technologies and journalism

Introduction to datajournalism


Digital technologies and journalism : 15h Th
Introduction to datajournalism : 15h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Digital technologies and journalism : Alain Jennotte
Introduction to datajournalism : Alain Jennotte


Alain Jennotte

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Digital technologies and journalism

The course deals with digital techniques that every journalist must progressively master. Beyond the discussed topics, it will present some tools related to technological watch for the media, that will help to assess future evolutions.

  • Structure and inner workings of the internet.
  • Search techniques.
  • Technological watch for the media.
  • Online editing (including publishing on social networks).
  • Image manipulation.
  • How to tame file formats: focus on the pdf.
  • Security basics for journalists.

Introduction to datajournalism

Introduction to datajournalism

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Digital technologies and journalism

Learning outcomes at the end of the course:

  • Mastering the different online search techniques.
  • Set up a technology watch for the medias.
  • Using a media content management system and manipulate different file formats.
  • Learn how to protect yourself and your sources in a digital environment.

Introduction to datajournalism

At the end of the course, the student will be able to understand what datajournalism is, access online resources and use basic tools to acquire, clean and validate data, then process them and if needed display them as infographics or maps.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Introduction to datajournalism

Digital techniques of journalism.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Digital technologies and journalism

The course will be, most of the time, a workshop. After the presentation of each new technique, the students will perform exercises and debate the topics. I'll be available to answer questions and give technical support if necessary.

Introduction to datajournalism

Presentation of the techniques, software installation and exercices.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Digital technologies and journalism

Face to face

Introduction to datajournalism

Distant learning

Recommended or required readings

Introduction to datajournalism

Online notes (access provided in the Signal group)

Digital technologies and journalism

The exam will be a written exam, consisting primarily of exercises. Some of these exercices may have been carried out during the year.

Introduction to datajournalism

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Distant or face to face, to be determined.
To be define with the students at the end of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Digital technologies and journalism

Email: alain.jennotte@uliege.be

Introduction to datajournalism

Alain Jennotte
email: alainj@gmail.com
GSM: 0475/864485

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