Data-Driven Journalism, Creative
Storytelling & Fact-Checking​

20 - 25 February 2023

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815, Warsaw

Discover how data shapes the
current world of media and storytelling

6 days at the headquarters of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Warsaw)
A study visit to a recognised media outlet in Warsaw
Internationally recognised trainers and experts leading the training programme
20 students of communication and journalism from Poland, France and the Netherlands as participants
Case- and problem-based learning – offering hands-on, workshop learning experience
Networking opportunities

Find your own practical path to the world of data

The MediaNumeric Training Course will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn the basics of data journalism and storytelling through a set of theoretical and practical courses spanning data extraction methods, data analysis and visualisation, as well as crafting stories based around data. The course will also look at the growing area of fact checking and tracking the spread of misinformation around the world. You will work with professionals who will guide you through the learning process, show you how they approach data-specific tasks, and will support you and your classmates in investigating a case study in which you will put the skills you learn into action. The course will offer you the theoretical know-how, tools and skills needed to take on data-driven journalism and storytelling as well as fact checking, and all of the creative and professional opportunities it offers.

Expand your knowledge and build
your skills across three main topics

Search & exploration of data
Telling stories with data
Tracking & debunking misinformation

Our philosphy

The MediaNumeric project is based on the concept of dialogue, interaction and exchange of knowledge. In order to address the existing gap between university curricula on multimedia data-driven journalism and wider storytelling and the needs of contemporary media outlets and other creative businesses, the project facilitates dialogue between the sectors of higher education and the media and creative industries. Our aim is to give you the tools to help create a European media and creative ecosystem that is user-driven, fair and balanced, economically sustainable and technologically advanced.

The MediaNumeric training course offers diverse learning
opportunities organised around four main building blocks:

1. Introductory Sessions

You will participate in lively and informative session formats (such as panel discussions, round tables, lectures, etc.) where renowned international experts will discuss issues related to data-driven journalism and storytelling and fact-checking. 

2. Workshops

Across the  course you will work on a real-life case study. You will be asked to go through a process of linking your tasks to the three theoretical modules. Throughout the whole process you will be guided by a set of experts and facilitators.

3. Study visit

You will visit one of the recognised media outlets in Warsaw to engage in conversation with experts in journalistic work and observe how theory is turned into practice on a daily basis in a real-world professional setting.

4. Networking

You will be able to socialise with peers and experts and explore the city and surroundings of The Hague. Through study visits and meetings with experts you will also get to know the other participants well and build long-lasting relationships that will support your future work and further career development.

Candidate's profile and eligibility


  • Are you interested in understanding:
    • How to access, analyse and understand data?
    • What data-driven storytelling is and why it is important?
    • Where misinformation comes from and how fact-checking works?
    • What media ethics is and what is the social impact of journalism and media transitions?
  • Are you open-minded to work in an international group and jointly create stories based on data?
  • Are you interested in working in spreadsheets and processing data?
  • Do you have interest in current technological changes and their influence on society and the media?

If all or a majority of your answers to the above-listed questions are yes, then the MediaNumeric course is for you!



The course is dedicated to minimum 3rd-year BA and MA students of communication studies, journalism, creative business and IT who come from the three academic partners of MediaNumeric  – SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, INA Institut national de l’audiovisuel and have an advanced command of English (spoken and written). 

The MediaNumeric Selection Committee will choose 20 participants from all eligible candidates. 16 participants will come from SWPS University (PL), 2 participants from INA (FR), and 2 participants from Inholland University (NL). Participants will be selected and prioritised  based on the following criteria: overall application score (including assessment of self-evaluation and performance targets, commitment and dedication to the school’s objectives), skills and experience, diversity (from an under-represented social group, representing different nationalities/ethnic  groups).

The MediaNumeric training course offers 5 ECTS points.




There is no course fee. In addition, the organisers of the training course will cover all of the international transportation and accommodation costs for the four international students coming from the universities INA (2 students) and Inholland (2 students) following the rules of the Erasmus+ programme. Students must however obtain their own health insurance coverage.

Date and place:

The training will take place from 20 to 25 February 2023 at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw campus (Chodakowska 19/31, Warsaw, Poland). It will be preceded with a mandatory online introductory session taking place around two weeks before the event. The exact date of the introductory session will be announced at a later stage.

How to apply?

Click HERE and apply for the MediaNumeric training programme. Application deadline is January 10, 2023. The application results will be announced on 16 January 2023.  In case of any queries, kindly contact us at


The training programme will kick-off with an online session, and a week later, all participants will meet in Warsaw, PL for an intensive week of in-person classes. All classes of the training programme will be delivered in line with government COVID-19 guidelines.

Even though the training programme is intended to be an in-person event – with all of the selected participants arriving in Warsaw, PL and participating in all classes, and workshops in person, the COVID-19 situation may force us to move the course to a fully on-line setting. Participants will be informed of the intended delivery method in early February, following the announcement of the application results.



SWPS University of
Social Sciences and Humanities

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities excels in exploring the human mind and applying this expertise to address practical challenges of today and tomorrow. We believe that through better understanding of human intelligence we can learn to thrive in the world of new technologies and dynamic social change. We are a leading higher education institution in Poland, excelling in Psychology, Law, Language Studies, Literature and Culture Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Management, and Design. The University was established in 1996 by three eminent professors of Psychology and now, after more than twenty years of a dynamic growth, we are proud to be a strong community of over 300 permanent faculty of researchers and experienced academics, who teach over 14,500 students enrolled in 35 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, across five campuses located in major cities in Poland. Our broad education offer includes 16 programs taught entirely in English to over 1,100 international students from more than 80 countries.


The Erasmus+ project MediaNumeric provides training resources to educate the new generation of students in journalism and communication studies. MediaNumeric students are prepared with the theoretical know-how and skills needed to wade through and use (big) data, tell enriched (multimedia) stories, and contribute to democracy by supporting a news ecosystem that is more resilient to misinformation. The initiative is spearheaded by a consortium consisting of news agencies, universities, archives and a media accelerator.

The MediaNumeric project has been co-funded by the European Commission under grant agreement No. 621610-EPP-1-2020-1-NL-EPPKA2-KA.
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