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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN205. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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


This 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.