Using data to investigate zoonotic diseases: A tutorial for journalists

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Estimated time commitment: 6 hours
Certificate of completion: Yes
Language: English


Developed as a complementary course to our longer, science-based zoonotic disease course, this tutorial will introduce participants to data journalism and its importance when covering topics like zoonotic diseases. 

Data from independent, reliable sources gives journalists the opportunity to analyze that data to tell stories that matter, and those data-driven stories can often create change in the communities they serve. In this tutorial, participants will learn how journalists are currently doing this work, explore approaches to covering climate change with data and have the opportunity to work on a data analysis project themselves through an easy-to-follow data story recipe.

In this course, participants will hear from three expert data journalists:

  • Eva Constantaras specializes in building data journalism teams around the world, including in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and East Africa on topics ranging from displacement and kidnapping by organized crime networks to extractive industries and public health. 
  • Roxanne Joseph is the data manager for #WildEye, a wildlife crime mapping tool developed by Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism in partnership with EJN. She supports investigative data journalism projects throughout Europe and Asia.
  • Bao Choy is an open data and investigative journalist from Hong Kong. For this course, she demonstrates how she used Chinese court records to produce a data-driven investigation into the illegal wildlife trade for #WildEye Asia.
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