Data Journalism Graduate Certificate

Where storytelling meets analytics

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The Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS), a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences, is offering a graduate certificate in Data Journalism, with the collaboration of the Departments of Communication (COMM) and Computational and Data Sciences (CSI). Join us for this new, exciting graduate program, offered by top experts in this field.

Benefits

This graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and careers in the emerging field of Data Journalism. Data-driven journalism is about obtaining, reporting on, curating and publishing (storytelling) data of broad interest.

Maps and infographics are some of the most effective means to communicate complex content to the experts and the general public alike. Accordingly, this program is focusing on covering principles of journalism, methods and tools for information visualization, social media analysis and scientific data communication topics. This includes both theoretical principles and practical applications.

Coursework

Core courses (9 credits):

  • COMM 655 (3cr): Theory and Practice of Digital Comm
  • or¬†COMM 642 (3cr): Science and Public
  • GGS 692 (3cr): Web GIS
  • GGS 681 (3cr): Social Media Analysis (coming Fall 2016)

Electives (6 credits) – Choose 2 courses from the list below or others in consultation with an advisor.

  • COMM 637 (3cr): Risk Communication
  • COMM 640 (3cr): Controversies in Science Communication
  • COMM 641 (3cr): Advanced Communication Skills for STEM
  • COMM 644 (3cr): Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism
  • COMM 660 (3cr): Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns
  • COMM 735 (3cr): Crisis Communication
  • CSI 672/STAT 652 Statistical Inference
  • STAT 554: Applied Statistics I
  • CDS 511: Scientific Info & Data Visualization (coming soon)

People

Dieter Pfoser

Dieter Pfoser

Associate Professor, GGS

Degree Coordinator

Jill Moss

Jill Moss

Lecturer, COMM

Journalist | Democracy Fellow@USAID

Arie Croitoru

Arie Croitoru

Associate Professor, GGS

Testimonials

Why did you take the WebGIS course?
I generally prefer to take classes that teach practical skills which are directly transferable to my interests and WebGIS offered a better understanding of the technology, tools and ideas that are most useful to my employment and research interests.

Can you point out some valuable knowledge you gained?
The most powerful knowledge I gained from this course were the ongoing advancements and power open source GIS technologies offer. What I learned in this class has been extremely beneficial in both my research and professional works.

How do you think that this course will help you in your work/career?
The skills taught in WebGIS are something that I use daily when managing spatial information. Having a better understanding of why and how to integrate these web GIS technologies has made me and consequently my organization more efficient and effective.

Beyond Web mapping, do you see a need for Web-based data visualization in general?
Web based data visualization in any form is an effective form of communication and generally I see the demand for such tools,skills and concepts only increasing as we become more connected to the web.

What is you current employment status?
Full-Time Employment

Anything else you would like to mention?
This course should be a requirement for anyone working in the GIS or Information Management field.

Rodney

Why did you take the WebGIS course?
I was interested in learning more about GIS in general and specifically how I could share data and collaborate with colleagues on a landscape archaeology project.

Can you point out some valuable knowledge you gained?
The entire course was valuable to me. Learning to build and manage a better database and how to query it more effectively has proven extremely helpful as I gather more and more data, and more data types, through my dissertation research. The WebGIS I developed during the course gives me and my colleagues a way to share, visualize and discuss our data in an easy to use format where we can add new information as it becomes available.

How do you think that this course will help you in your work/career?
GIS is ubiquitous in archaeology, having the experience with WebGIS allows me to bring an additional skillset and new ideas to projects.

Beyond Web mapping, do you see a need for Web-based data visualization in general?
My focus is landscape archaeology and mapping but I see how Web-based visualization of other data types could be useful.

What is you current employment status?
I am a PhD candidate and adjunct instructor at American University

Anything else you would like to mention?
The two GIS courses I took at George Mason were both incredibly valuable to my professional development and my academic advancement. I ended up writing one of my PhD comprehensive exams on the use of GIS in archaeology and drew heavily on what I learned in those two courses.

Rebecca

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