VIII Digital Communication Congress: Data Journalism

In November, the Digital Communication Congress in the Valencian Community reaches its eighth edition, this time specialising in Data Journalism, a form of journalism that although it seems new and has set the media agenda of the past year (Los Papeles de Panamá, Los Papeles de la Castellana), has its roots in the 1950s.

As you can see at the end of the post, the programme is full of experts who, of course, will leave no-one indifferent. The congress begins with an inaugural lecture by José Luis Dader (the academic who introduced data journalism in Spain with his monograph on precision journalism). And three round tables:

-Data journalism in Spanish media: José Cervera, Antonio Delgado, Paula Guisado and Rafel Montaner will offer a professional journalism view of relevant data.

-Approaches and experiences in Data Journalism and professional practice. Teaching and professional: Montse Quesada, Juan Luis Manfredi, Jesús Escudero and Juan Julián Melero will offer an overview from the academic perspective and specific practical examples of success and relevance.

-Turning scientific data into stories: Cristina Ribas, Pampa García, Gloria Álvarez and Michele Cantazaro will offer a vision of professional data journalism from the scientific field.

This year, as a novelty and almost required by the subject to be addressed, in addition to the traditional day of the congress, the next day there will be a practical session of introduction to Data Journalism, by Antonio Delgado, journalist specialised in data. It will deal with the process that involves working with data. The activity, which will be held in Las Naves, is open and free, all those who wasn’t to delve into this subject and get their hands dirty working with data are welcome!

The congress has been organised by two University of Valencia research groups: Mediaflows and ScienceFlows, thanks to the support of the Language Theory and Communication Sciences, the Innovation Unit of the University of Valencia, the Department of Transparency of the Valencian Government and Las Naves.

Programme of the VIII Digital Communication Congress in the Valencian Community: Data Journalism

Wednesday, November 9

09.30-10.00 Inauguration – Manuel Alcaraz (Transparency, Social Responsibility, Participation and Cooperation Regional Minister)

10.00-11.00 From Precision Journalism to Data Journalism – José Luis Dader (Professor of Journalism. Complutense University of Madrid)

11.00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13.30 Round table: Data journalism in Spanish media

Moderated by: Lorena Cano Orón (Journalism, UVEG)


José Cervera (RTVE / Eldiario.es / Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

Antonio Delgado (Data journalist / Responsable de innovación editorial en WSL)

Paula Guisado (El Mundo)

Rafel Montaner (Levante-EMV)

16.00-17.30 Round table: Approaches and experiences in Data Journalism. Teaching and professional practice

Moderated by: Guillermo López García (Journalism, UVEG)


Montse Quesada (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Juan Luis Manfredi (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

Jesús Escudero (El Confidencial)

Juan Julián Melero (Universidad de Granada)

18.00-20.00 Round table: Turning scientific data into stories

Moderated by: Carolina Moreno Castro (Journalism, UVEG)


Óscar Menéndez (Spanish Association of Scientific Communication)

Pampa García (Agencia SINC)

Gloria Álvarez (Dubitare)

Michele Cantazaro (El Periódico)

Jueves 10 de Noviembre

9.00-13.00 Practical workshop: Introduction to Data Journalism

Given by Antonio Delgado