Estimated time commitment: 12 hours
Certificate of completion: Yes*
Developed by Open Knowledge Brasil’s School of Data with support from the Earth Journalism Network, this self-paced, open-access course will provide journalists and communicators and civil society organizations with an introduction to data journalism as well as the tools, resources and knowledge needed to cover deforestation in the Amazon region.
In this course, participants will have the opportunity to hear from three expert data journalists:
- Thiago Medaglia, founder, Ambiental Media
- Gustavo Faleiros, co-founder, InfoAmazonia
- Juliana Mori, co-founder, InfoAmazonia
Additional experts in data visualization, multimedia journalism, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and geoinformatics also lead sections of the course.
The course is a mix of learning modules, lecture recordings and resource pages. At the end of each module, participants will be invited to complete a short quiz to check on their progress.
Upon completion, learners will gain an understanding of:
- The main sources of environmental data in Brazil, particularly for deforestation;
- The use of QGIS software in journalistic investigations;
- How to develop journalistic investigations based on environmental data; and,
- How to use data to identify those responsible for crimes and environmental damage.
*Journalists who complete the course requirements can request a digital certificate for a fee of R$50.