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Data-driven curriculum for the journalist of tomorrow

We never forget that storytelling and shoe-leather reporting are at the core of journalism. But we’re also on the cutting edge, training students to have the tech know-how for discovering stories using data skills.

In addition to our full lineup of specialized reporting, entrepreneurship and multimedia courses, we are excited to launch a number of new data-focused classes for students in 2014-2015.

 

Public Affairs Data Journalism I

Even before the ubiquity of Internet access and high-powered computers, public accountability reporting relied on the concerted collection of observations and analytical problem-solving. We study the methods, and the data, used to discover leads and conduct in-depth reporting on public affairs, including election finance and safety regulations. Students gain practical experience with the digital tools and techniques of computer-assisted reporting.

COMM 273D: Public Affairs Data Journalism I

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Public Affairs Data Journalism II

Learn how to find, create and analyze data to tell news stories with public service impact. Uses relational databases, advanced queries, basic statistics, and mapping to analyze data for storytelling. Assignments may include stories, blog posts, and data visualizations, with at least one in-depth project based on data analysis.

COMM 274D: Public Affairs Data Journalism II

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Computational Methods in the Civic Sphere

The widespread availability of public data provides a rich opportunity for those who can efficiently filter, interpret, and visualize information. Course develops necessary technical skills for data collection, analysis, and publication, including data mining and web visualization, with a focus on civic affairs and government accountability. Open to all majors and a range of technical skill levels. Involves tackling new tools and technical concepts in the pursuit of engaging, public-facing projects.

COMM 213: Computational Methods in the Civic Sphere

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Computational Journalism

Focuses on using data and algorithms to lower the cost of discovering stories or telling stories in more engaging and personalized ways. Project based assignments based on real-world challenges faced in newsrooms. Prior experience in journalism or computational thinking helpful.

COMM 277A: Computational Journalism

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Becoming a Watchdog

Learn how to apply an investigative and data mindset to journalism, from understanding how to background an individual or entity using online databases to compiling or combining disparate sets of information in ways that unveil wrongdoing or mismanagement. Focuses on mining texts, tracking associations, and using visualizations. Stories produced apply investigative techniques to beat reporting, breaking news, and long form journalism.

COMM 277I: Becoming a Watchdog

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Other sample courses

COMM 273D


News Reporting & Writing Fundamentals

Learn beat reporting and writing skills including source development, interviewing, and story structure for news and features — all in a course where exercises and assignments mimic a newsroom.

COMM 271


How the Web, Mobile and Tablets are Revolutionizing Video Journalism

Dive into the emerging role of video journalism across web, tablet, and mobile platforms. Students produce video journalism pieces using mobile tools, optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

COMM 240


Digital Media Entrepreneurship

Build a media startup in 10-weeks and pitch to investors and industry leaders. This interdisciplinary course explores Silicon Valley’s new media culture, digital storytelling skills and techniques, web-based skills, and entrepreneurial ventures.


Faculty with newsroom and academic expertise

Our faculty bring a combination of industry expertise and academic accomplishment to the classroom, from The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News, Bloomberg News and ProPublica.

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Our alumni rock.

Stanford Journalism alumni are in newsrooms, media organizations and tech companies throughout the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fusion, Re/code and Google News.

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Our Partners

Brown Institute for Media Innovation
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford
KQED
SFGate


Applications for 2015-2016 admission are now closed.

Decisions are expected to be made by early March. Applications for 2016-2017 admission will open in September 2015.

Stanford undergraduates interested in the coterm degree can still apply by January 22, 2015 and must follow a different applications process. Contact our Student Services Manager for more information.