The University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid will launch Spain’s first-ever masters degree on investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization this fall, and Google will provide six scholarships that pay 80 percent of recipients’ tuition.
The new program is organized by the journalism school of the media group Unidad Editorial and the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid. I caught up via e-mail with two people involved with the program: Marcos García Rey, investigative reporter and ICIJ member who will coordinate the master’s, and Mar Cabra, a module coordinator in charge of the data journalism aspect.
Here are the highlights from our Q&A, which is include below:
- Data courses will teach students how to think about the paper trail, how to obtain data, and how to use statistics to draw basic conclusions
- Data courses will include basic analysis tools like Excel, SQL and web scraping
- Second semester will touch on how to choose the correct visualization to convey a story
- Reporting classes will be more traditional in nature, though students will be posting to the web from day 1
- They drew inspiration from IRE’s Eductaor’s Center, Columbia’s investigative program and personal experiences