The School of Data Journalism: Europe’s Biggest Data Journalism Event

April 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

The European Journalism Centre, Open Knowledge and the International Journalism Festival are pleased to announce the 4th edition of Europe’s biggest data journalism event, the School of Data Journalism. The 2015 edition takes place in Perugia, Italy between 15 – 19 of April as part of this year’s International Journalism Festival.

An invitation for beginners and experienced data journalists

As part of the festival the School of Data is an invitation for beginners and experienced journalists to tell stories through data – a field of work growing and gaining in importance. A team of about 15 expert panelists and instructors from New York Times, Guardian, Twitter, Journalism++, Knight-Mozilla, School of Data and others will lead participants in a mix of discussions and hands-on sessions aimed to empower participants with the skills they need to produce high quality data stories. The topics will range from revenue models for data driven newsrooms to sensor data, web scraping and social media data, basic design and visualisation tips and mapping techniques for journalism.

This year’s edition will also include a data expedition – a hand on workshops where participants will have the chance to put in practice their data journalism skills and produce

Entry to the School of Data Journalism panels and workshops is free and does not require registration. Last year’s editions featured a stellar team of panelists and instructors, attracted hundreds of journalists and was fully booked within days. Previous editions saw the launch of the Data Journalism Handbook, and the Verification Handbook, go-to references for practitioners in the field.

The full programme of this year’s School of Data Journalism can be found here:

One participants from the last year edition said:

“The School of Data Journalism is an amazing event for journalists of all levels: whether you are a beginner looking to brush-up on basic skills or an experienced geek keen to deepen your knowledge of data tools, the School has something for you. I am a seasoned data journalists and I was amazed how much I learned from last year’s edition!”

Elisabetta Tola, an Italian freelance researcher and data journalist said

“I never used Excel with the idea of producing an article out of it. To go from downloading or producing an Excel table, to organising the information in a way that you can extract or produce a story – that’s one of the things I definitely got from these workshops”

Get the details:



Mirko Lorenz, Journalist and Information Architect, European Journalism Centre: [email protected]
Milena Marin, School of Data Programme Director, Open Knowledge Foundation, [email protected]

Full scheule:


About the International Journalism Festival (
The International Journalism Festival is the largest media event in Europe. It is held every April in Perugia, Italy. The festival is free entry for all attendees for all sessions. It is an open invitation to listen to and network with the best of world journalism. The leitmotiv is one of informality and accessibility, designed to appeal to journalists, aspiring journalists and those interested in the role of the media in society. Simultaneous translation into English and Italian is provided.

About Open Knowledge (
Open Knowledge, founded in 2004, is a worldwide network of people who are passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and turn it into insight and change. Our aim is to give everyone the power to use information and insight for good. Visit to learn more about the Foundation and its major projects including and

About the European Journalism Centre (
The European Journalism Centre is an independent, international, non-profit foundation dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in journalism in particular and the media in general. Founded in 1992 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, the EJC closely follows emerging trends in journalism and watchdogs the interplay between media economy and media culture. It also hosts each year more than 1.000 journalists in seminars and briefings on European and international affairs.

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