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Own Your Story! Free E-course

Canvas Network is once again offering a host of e-courses. Two courses would be of interest to writers: Advancing Women’s Leadership: Own Your Story which starts on April 25, 2014; and Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools from May 19  to July 31, 2014

Here is the course description for Advancing Women’s Leadership: Own Your Story:

own your story

We all have a story. No matter where we are in our life’s journey; no matter our circumstances; we have something to share that has made us who we are. Capturing and examining our life stories increases our resilience and clarifies our place in the world.

Join eight leaders and authors in exploring the power of these stories in our lives. Together, we will share our stories of family and community, work and career, college or school, and the financial, physical, and spiritual triumphs and challenges we have faced. Together, we will acknowledge and embrace those stories using them to ground us and to help us shape our futures.

Focused on adult women but open to all, this unique course allows us to document privately, and to share if we wish, the meaningful stories that have been passed down to us and the stories of experiences that we have lived. Our hope is that each participant will draw new meaning and strength from this process.

The course will be taught by Carol Leary, Ph.D., President of Bay Path College. You can register here.

Equally interesting is Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools, which is being offered by the European Journalism Center.

The course description reads:


Our media environment is increasingly saturated with data, including large collections of leaked documents published by Wikileaks, public databases about lobbying or government spending, and “big data” from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. As a result, many media organisations seek data-savvy journalists to help them process this information to understand what is in it, to identify what is important, and to provide insights to readers in a compelling way.

1. Data journalism in the newsroom, with instructor Simon Rogers
2. Finding data to support stories, with instructor Paul Bradshaw
3. Finding story ideas with data analysis, with instructor Steve Doig
4. Dealing with messy data, with instructor Nicolas Kayser-Bril
5. Telling stories with visualization, with instructor Alberto Cairo Simon Rogers

Instructors for the course include:

Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Twitter and former editor of the Guardian’s award-winning Datablog; Paul Bradshaw, Head of the Online Journalism MA at Birmingham City University, and Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London; Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication of Arizona State University and 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner; Nicolas Kayser-BrilCo-founder and CEO of data journalism startup Journalism++ and formerly the head of data journalism at Owni; Alberto Cairo, Professor of the Professional Practice at the University of Miami and author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization.

You can register for this very interesting course here.

Check out Canvas Network for other courses that might be of interest to you! They have a whole range of free courses from culinary to business to education…and more!

I’ve signed up for both courses — hope to see you there!


    • I’ve done several on-line courses. They do require time, but the good thing is you can do it any time during the week or day, depending on how often the lessons are. It’s free, so why not give it a try, Janelle. You can always just save the lessons and then do them when you have more time.


      • I signed up for the data journalism course. Then it promptly changed the entire site into Japanese. I really hope they’re not expecting me to navigate the course in Japanese just because I’m in Japan, because that is not happening.


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