This report is a presentation and synthesis of the “Training and Coaching Workshop” (WP6 – D6.3) that was organised in Paris on September 5 and 6, 2022, at the headquarters of Agence France-Presse. After two on-site training sessions with students in Paris and The Hague, and a third and last one to come in Warsaw in February 2023, the goal of the workshop was to bring together staff professionals and researchers, selected from the Stakeholder Board, to help in crafting the online iteration of the MediaNumeric course.

The participants of the workshop were divided into 3 groups, each composed of representatives from the different sectors of the MediaNumeric project (journalism-based content creators, academics, archivists, digital/data experts). The exercises offered as prompts for the working session helped answer questions such as: Who should the online course be for? How asynchronous should the online learning experience be? Should students receive a certificate for completion of the course? Should additional modules/topics be added to the online course? At the end of the workshop, consensus was found around the answers of the main questions however, answers to additional questions needed continued attention.

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This deliverable presents the evaluation report of the MediaNumeric first training session, which
took place at INA’s training centre in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France), from 21st to 26th February, 2022. This document describes the two main steps of the evaluation:

  • The assessment of participant satisfaction (‘on-the-spot’ evaluation and
  • The internal evaluation led by the consortium during and after the training course.

Strong points of the training course that arose from the assessment:

  1. MediaNumeric provides a relevant overview of all the topics related to data-journalism, creative storytelling and fact-checking;
  2. The content of the training course is up-to-date, diverse and in-line with market trends;
  3. MediaNumeric is a very good opportunity for networking;
  4. The organisation was good and the students felt it was well arranged, although the students would have liked to have had more practice time, especially on the case study.

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This deliverable consists of a detailed description of the Winter School that was held in Paris in February 2022. It entails a full syllabus for all three modules of the course in data journalism and digital verification, descriptions of all lectures and workshops, links to accompanying presentations, data sets, handouts, and additional materials that were provided to students during the six-day programme. It also includes the three quizzes that were designed to verify knowledge gained by the students throughout the course, as well as links to the final presentations of the case studies that students put together during the week. The document also outlines the study visit to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The final section details the consortium’s plan for recording the classes with video and outlines options being discussed about the digital format of this training course. The report concludes with detailed notes taken during a debriefing among consortium partners on the final day of the Winter School. It consists of guidelines for further iterations of the learning programme.

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What should a course on storytelling with data consist of, according to experts?

Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Agence France Presse (AFP)  took the lead in researching the state of the art when it comes to data analysis in and for non-fiction media production, as well as in conducting a needs analysis from the perspective of the professional fields involved (creative industries, journalism) regarding the contents and the didactic form of a course to train students in media and creative industries in how to tell stories with data.

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Digitisation has changed all aspects of the news media landscape, from the way content is created, to how it is distributed and interacted with. Three phenomena shape the face and fate of news media in Europe: decreasing trust and information disorder, digitisation and changing user behaviour, and dominance of global technology and AI. They rock the foundations of the journalist profession. The State of the Art report that provides an overview of the world of data-driven storytelling in journalism and in the creative industries more broadly and of digital verification of misinformation and disinformation, more commonly known as fact-checking.

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The MediaNumeric project has been co-funded by the European Commission under grant agreement No. 621610-EPP-1-2020-1-NL-EPPKA2-KA. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.