Online Course “Analytical Journalism”

The course is designed for beginners and senior students of journalism faculties who want to thoroughly understand the particularities of analytical journalism and start producing analytical materials.

The course consists of many components. It contains all the modules and lectures that explain analytical journalism: background information, interviews, reporting, international standards, ethics, comprehensibility of materials, data analysis, and much more.

Each module was developed by the experts - journalists and trainers who have direct practical experience in the topics they discuss. The advice they give were tested by time and practice.

Nevertheless, each module consists of a theory, without which it will be difficult for students to understand the patterns that have developed in journalism. Therefore, for the complete understanding of the information, it is necessary to carefully study both the theory and practical advice, which the modules’ authors provide further.

The assignments at the end of each module are not optional. They are an integral part of all educational material, without which it will be difficult for you to completely understand the analytical journalism. Therefore, the work on the assignments should be as focused and serious as the studying of the theoretical material.

The tests at the end of the module not only verify how well you have mastered the modules, but also help to consolidate the knowledge, fill in the remaining gaps and, equally important, provide the access to the next module.

The course is designed so that the students can assimilate the presented material as comfortably as possible and begin their work in analytical journalism. However, to successfully finish the course, the student needs to be interested, attentive and, to a certain extent, enthusiastic. It will make this path not as difficult.

Upon successful completion of this course, the media organization IWPR Central Asia issues a personal certificate confirming the completion of the online course “Analytical Journalism” with the seal of the organization and the director’s signature.

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  • Module 1

    The Module “Analytical Material Production” This is an introductory module that explains the features of analytical journalism, its main aspects and principles. Here, you will study the style of a journalist-analyst, how to collect and analyze information and how to present it comprehensively. The author also shares her tips and secrets for the successful preparation of the analytical material. Author: Maria Zozulya, professional journalist and editor of a number of leading news agencies in Kyrgyzstan, the author of a number of impactful investigations and analytical articles.

  • Module 2

    The Module “Reporting” Reporting is one of the varieties of analytical journalism. It provides opportunities for creative experiments. A report should be necessarily based on materials that are collected “from the field”, that is, from personal observations, conversations and empirical experience of the journalist. The author of this module explains how to gather such materials, what techniques and methods you need to use, and what rules you need to follow in order to prepare a good report. Author: Natalia Lee, IWPR and editor in Kyrgyzstan, author of dozens of TV and online media reports.

  • Module 3

    The Module “Interview” Interview is a key element in journalism that helps to collect information. The quality and value of information for your audience depend on the ability to interview correctly. The respondents are often not interested in giving clear answers to the reporters’ questions and in every possible way avoid them or provide irrelevant information. In this module, you will learn about the obstacles for interview and how to avoid them. Author: Timur Toktonaliev, IWPR and editor in Kyrgyzstan, author of many materials in various genres in local and international media.

  • Module 4

    The Module “International Standards in Journalism” Journalism, like other professions and occupations, develops by its standards and principles. They make journalism respected among the audience, and its products demanded in all segments of the population. Good analytical material cannot be produced without all these standards. In this module, you will learn about each of them in detail, about the principles and how to follow them in your work. Author: Lola Olimova, IWPR and editor in Tajikistan, certified trainer in the “International Standards in Journalism”

  • Module 5

    The Module “Ethical Standards in Journalism” Journalism is always about people. Where there is a person, there should be ethics. Ethical standards in journalism are one of the key components in international journalism standards. However, the importance and scope of this direction always forces it to be considered separately and in detail. In this module, you will learn about dilemmas that you may encounter in your work and how you can solve them without violating the ethical principles of the profession. Author: Marat Mamadshoev, IWPR and editor in Tajikistan, specializes in the studying and teaching of ethical standards in journalism

  • Module 6

    The Module “How to write comprehensively for online media” It is not enough to collect a rich harvest of information and details for your analytical article. It is equally important to present the material comprehensively. Otherwise, no matter how exclusive and interesting the information is, the audience will not appreciate the work done and will leave it unattended. To prevent this, listen to this module and follow the provided recommendations. Author: Eldiyar Arykbaev, journalist and editor of the popular online media, experienced trainer and mentor in journalism

  • Module 7

    The Module “Data Journalism” The analysis of various data is an integral part of analytical journalism. However, familiarization and analysis of the data requires certain knowledge and preparation. Otherwise, it will be difficult for a journalist to find the details and nuances that need analysis and disclosure to the public. In this module, an experienced data journalist and analyst explains how to avoid drowning in data and find interesting storytelling material. Author: Anastasia Valeeva, journalist specializing in data analysis. Author and editor of a number of impactful data materials, trainer and mentor of data journalism for journalists.


Frequently asked questions

How to register for the course?
First you need to register on the site itself, then select the course that suits you from the “Courses” section and register for the course itself.
Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?
The certificate is received by those who have passed all the lessons within the course and passed the final test successfully (at least 80%).
What if I don’t pass the test?
After each module in the course there is an intermediate test and a general test at the end of the course. You are given 10 attempts to pass the test. If it fails from the first attempts, you can review the lesson and take the test again. After exhausting 10 attempts, the system will be blocked. You will need to register for the course again to complete it.
What to do if the site is down?
Write to us at the indicated contacts in the “Contacts” section or in social networks.
What should I do if my name on the certificate is different from the name in the passport?
When registering, initially enter your data correctly. If you have indicated other details, write to us. We will correct and send the certificate with the correct data.
Can I take several courses?
Yes. You can take several courses at once or in sequence.
How often are courses updated?
Courses that already exist are not updated. We add new courses after they are crated.
How to participate in your other events?
We conduct various training events for journalists and journalism students from Central Asian countries. You can track new events on our website or on pages on social networks and take part. Often you need to register or pass a competitive selection.
Can only residents of Central Asia take courses?
Online courses are available to absolutely everyone regardless of place of residence. Offline events take place in one of the CA countries.
I am not from the media sector, but I want to enroll in the course. Is it possible?
Yes, everyone can take online courses.
How long is the course?
The duration of each course is determined individually, depending on the content and complexity of the course. The average duration is from 6 to 8 weeks. During this period, you must complete all the lessons and pass the tests. If you didn’t finish on time, the system will be blocked. But you can overwrite and go through again.