The general competences of the subject are constituted by the following objectives:
1. INFORMATIVE OBJECTIVES
- Mastering the location, access and consultation of public and private information sources.
- Analysis of the reliability of information sources and their contents.
- Ability to search and obtain data in these sources, mainly through structured information sets (databases, open data repositories, public institutions, private companies and NGO websites, and other digital sources.
- Use of tools for obtaining structured content.
- Ability for textual analysis to detect data patterns and outliers that are potentially newsworthy.
- Ability to perform basic statistical analysis with quantifiable content, either numerical or texts that can be converted into news (by quantifying elements that are repeatable).
- Ability to organise, compile and arrange such data and values graphically, aesthetically and coherently.
- Perform graphic display of information visualisation elements and classify them in a newsworthy order of importance.
- Use the above skills to produce complex journalistic pieces, which may include content for investigative journalism.
2. TRAINING OBJECTIVES
- To transmit knowledge of concepts and terms related to data journalism.
- To encourage students to teamwork, both with other journalists or other professionals in the production of news and reports: graphic designers, experts in social sciences, IT professionals.
- Develop the creative capacity to analyse data and convert it into newsworthy content.
- Train and improve the ability to obtain and select reliable information derived from public and private sources.
- Acquire skills for the public presentation of work and projects associated with the subject.
- To develop the student's critical capacity and curiosity in order to provide him/her with critical, qualitative and quantitative judgements.
- To acquire habits of socialisation with students' partners, inside their professional environment (the classroom or the newsroom), through active debate, group work, the defence of their results and the analysis and constructive criticism of the work of other classmates and groups.
3. ATTITUDINAL OBJECTIVES
- To encourage and stimulate students' decision-making competence.
- To develop academic and intellectual skills that encourage students to engage in learning and lifelong learning tasks.
- To develop intuitive thinking through experimentation.
- To facilitate interpersonal development to communicate, the ability to understand others and the capacity to interact and work in teams.
- To encourage interest in the professional project in the specialisation of Data Journalism.
4. PSYCHOMOTOR OBJECTIVES
- To acquire the ability, mastery and understanding of the media and materials used in the communication of data, especially big data, for the generation of journalistic content.
- To promote the language of data and its codification, following the practical scenarios proposed in the classroom.
- To improve the individual's natural capacity to perceive, memorise, imagine and develop a constructive and analytical form to manage data, through individual and collective practice.
- To promote the development of skills for integration into the world of work.
5. SPECIFIC COMPETENCES
- To train students in the knowledge of the process of data collection.
- To find ways and tools to present these data in an organised way.
- To develop the ability to communicate an idea and the search for reliable and contrasted sources in order to improve the information content.
- To be able to distinguish the elements that make up a journalistic product, and to improve the presentation of information with tools and graphics.