Data-driven 4IR skills development

Introduction to Data-driven Journalism

Why this course?

This course will help you unlock the powerful world of data journalism to tell deep, insightful stories. You’ll learn to find, analyze, interpret and visualize data in compelling new ways.

This course contributes to answering some big challenges in the news space using digital tools. Some of the challenges are:

  • How can platforms and newsrooms strengthen quality reporting and fight misinformation?
  • How can local news organizations continue serving their communities with quality news content as revenue pressures increase?
  • How can newsrooms and journalists be assisted to ensure their reporting better reflects the communities they cover?
  • How can newsrooms leverage new technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their reporting?


Who is this course for?

Journalists and other media practioners who would like to improve their skills and remain relevant in a data-driven world.


What tools are used?

  • Google Public Data Explorer
  • Google Surveys
  • Google Crisis Map
  • Global Forest Watch
  • Election Databot
  • Tilegrams
  • Google Data GIF Maker
  • Flourish
  • Google Trends
  • Google Fusion Tables


What is the course structure?

The course consists of 15 lessons that take approximately 100 minutes to complete on average. The course is free and self-paced.

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Course Content

Lessons Status

Using the Google brand in your content


Public Data Explorer: Access a world of data


Google Surveys: Gain insights


Google Crisis Map: Diagramming a disaster and its response


Data Source: Global Forest Watch


Data Source: Election DataBot


Visualizing Data: Introduction to Tilegrams


Visualizing Data: Advanced Tilegrams


Google Data GIF Maker


Flourish: Data Visualization Templates


Google Trends: See what's trending across Google Search, Goog


Google Trends: Understanding the data


Google Trends: Improving search results


Google Fusion Tables: Creating intensity maps

Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is passionate about empowering Africans through mathematics, problem-solving techniques and media. As such, he founded MathsGee. Through this organisation, he has helped create an ecosystem for disseminating information, training, and supporting STEM education to all African people. A maths evangelist who teaches mathematical thinking as a life skill, Edzai’s quest has seen him being named the SABC Ambassador for STEM; he has been invited to address Fortune 500 C-suite executives at the Mobile 360 North America; was nominated to represent Southern Africa at the inaugural United Nations Youth Skills Day in New York; was invited to be a contributor to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2016; has won the 2014 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development award for his contribution to women’s empowerment in education; and has partnered with local and global firms in STEM interventions.

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