Wanted: MA Data Journalism applicants to partner with The Telegraph

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The Telegraph was behind one of the biggest data journalism stories of the last decade

As part of the new MA in Data Journalism we have partnered with a number of organisations who are keen to bring data journalism expertise into their newsroom.

I am now inviting applications from people who want to work with The Telegraph during their MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University.

The Telegraph has a long history of data journalism, most famously breaking a series of stories around MPs’ expenses in 2009. Examples of its data journalism – ranging from sport and politics to text analysis and data video – can be found in its TeleGraphs section.

The news organisation is looking for applicants who are interested in developing the ability to clean and analyse data to find interesting stories; an awareness of tools that you can use to source and scrape data; and a knowledge of data visualisation in order to communicate your stories. Successful applicants will learn these skills on the MA course and have the opportunity to apply them in collaboration with The Telegraph.

They say:

“Data journalism at The Telegraph is about uncovering stories in data that people wouldn’t have otherwise known. Whether this is through scrutinising the day’s news to see what relevant data we can add to the story, or through longer investigations and analysis, data-driven reporting involves sourcing, cleaning, analysing and communicating data to tell interesting, innovative and important stories.

“We are here to provide exclusive analysis of complex, structured data with a view to finding the news stories within it and presenting it in compelling visual – as well as textual – ways. We want to see the same in data journalism students. They should be confident in figuring out solid news lines in data and knowing the best ways to visually communicate them.

If you are interested, please apply through the course webpage on the Birmingham City University website, specifying in your supporting statement that you are specifically interested in working with The Telegraph.

Please also indicate why you would be interested in working with the team, and what kind of stories you’d be interested in working on.

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