JRN205 Research and Data Journalism (8)


This subject introduces research techniques used by journalists in acquiring information. It examines data journalism as a contemporary research tool and the use of data visualisation in reporting. Information and data are critically assessed and interpreted for inclusion in cross-platform journalism in an authentic newsroom environment.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of investigation and data in journalism
  • be able to initiate and identify opportunities for investigation and data research in story generation
  • be able to access and interpret information and data for a general audience
  • be able to work both independently and collaboratively to produce research and data-driven journalism for all media


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The relationship between research, investigation and data in journalism
  • Sourcing and interpreting public records and financial information
  • Accessing and interpreting data using spreadsheet software
  • Using data visualisation tools
  • Integrating research and data findings into contemporary journalism
  • Team work strategies


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.