"JGU launches PG Diploma in Data Journalism".

By editorenglish BalkaniFeb 4, 2021, 17:09 IST
"JGU launches PG Diploma in Data Journalism".
In a promise to change the way we look at journalism and the media and communications sector in India, the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has launched the country’s first one-year PG Diploma in Data Journalism.
An Institution of Eminence, declared by the Government of India, this one-year course of Data-intensive and data-driven journalism will be combing the traditional ways of news reporting and writing with skills of reader-friendly and insightful data analysis, interpretation, and visualization.
Professor Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor of the JGU, said that "there have been numerous instances of journalistic investigation of the leakage of confidential information, such as Paradise Papers, where analysis of large amounts of data was carried out by journalists. In the future, the skills needed to crunch large data while ensuring that journalists speak truth to power will be extremely critical. The PG Diploma in Data Journalism offered JGU will create a new generation of journalists who will benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that promises to infuse much-needed data skills."
In a launch event, held virtually on Wednesday, the keynote address was delivered by distinguished professor Steve Doig and Rukmini S. Prof Doig is from Walter Cronkite School for Journalism at the Arizona State University, while Rukmini is an award-winning writer who is one of the pioneers of Data Journalism in India.
In his keynote address, Professor Steve Doig from the Walter Cronkite School for Journalism at Arizona State University said: "I'm excited that JGU has started this program at JGU. Data stories that the graduates of this program will do will inspire other Indian journalists to learn such valuable skills, and the practice of data journalism will spread here in The USA and some of the other parts of the world. I look forward to seeing that happen."
In her special address, Rukmini S. said: "It is important to think about power and privilege even when it comes to data and data journalism. I'm excited that this program is centered in a university that has so many different disciplines to offer including politics, law, finance, etc. The students will learn important skills and they will make great journalists for newsrooms"
Using data is not the only routine for journalists in the newsroom and data-experts in industry and government agencies, but also a driving force in storytelling and fact-based reporting as technology platforms, data methodology, and data sources continue to evolve.
The Dean of JSJC, Professor Tom Goldstein said that "as technology continues to disrupt, the future of the industry will depend on what professionals in journalism, media, and communication learn now. Offering a Data Journalism program puts JGU on the cutting edge. It will help people not only face the future but create it".
Professor Ashish Bharadwaj, Dean of Jindal School of Banking & Finance said that "the vision of India's first PG Diploma in Data Journalism is reflected in its unique curriculum. He added that "the two specialized schools of JGU together want to provide a practitioner-oriented training using an approach that involves not just data-driven research skills, but techniques from several disciplines, including computational data science, critical thinking, statistics, fundamentals of finance, and data visualization to tell an exciting story".

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