Data Journalism & Human Rights

Journalism Lab, Nicol Hall 524

The Multimedia Journalism Program at the Department of Communication Arts is hosting a 3-day workshop on data journalism for human rights. The workshop is part of the new course in “Data & Society”, currently taught by Monika Halkort and the Canadian organisation Journalism for Human Rights. Lead by two experts in data visualisation and human rights, communication students will learn how to identify and combat hate speech against refugees with data driven stories and multimedia skills.

The first day of the workshop is focused on the human rights component: the issue of hate speech in politics and the media, and how to challenge it with data driven research and story ideas.

The two other days are dedicated to the data component, providing hands-on training in data collection and analysis as well as basic training in data visualisation skills. At the end of the workshop, students will produce a multimedia report on the “benefits” of hosting refugees in the country using the data visualisations and analysis they have produced throughout the workshop.

The training has been made possible by the generous support of the Canadian embassy, who funded the entire event. The Canadian Ambassador to Lebanon will officially launch the workshop. 

The workshop is mandatory for all students in JSC 314 (15) but open to others up to a total of 30 participants. Places in the workshop are distributed on a first come first serve basis. To ensure your place please register by sending an email to:

For any further questions regarding the event, please contact or 01-786456 ext 1521.