// the project

Advanced Data Journalism strengthening female journalists in the MENA region

In 2020/2021 the DW Akademie Code Her project qualified young female journalists in the MENA region in data journalism. 26 young aspiring journalists managed to break into the field of data journalism and submit their own data story at the end of a comprehensive and challenging 14-week long training. We would like to share our gathered data knowledge with you on this platform. Be invited to browse through our learning materials and learn more about the data-driven world of data journalism.

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// code her

code her was not just a data journalism course. It was a collection of different sciences combined together and contributes to the market with a unique futuristic design


Revision of journalistic ethics, introduction about data-driven journalism and highlights from similar activities and successful case scenarios


Introduction to storytelling, conceptualization of design, and how data can tell a story!

//Data Pipeline//

Starting with a definition of data and ending with a visualized insight, trainees learned at a high level, the whole data engineering process through six data pipeline steps from selection, collection, and preparation, to analysis and visualization.
//Data Ethics//

Ethics of using data was an important topic to add to the course, which covered all the aspects of dealing and interacting with data sources, data files, sharing terms and privacy & access conditions.

//DDJ in Teams//

Working in data driven teams is another layer of knowledge added to the course outline. By adding this layer we aimed at developing interpersonal skills that the participants might need when working in real life projects within organizations or newsrooms.
//Future & AI//

As awareness on new technologies is part of the innovation track, we designed special material related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can be helpful for individual journalists as well as for newsrooms.

In addition to the different program dimensions mentioned above, basic coding sessions were given during the data pipeline allowing trainees to apply their new data knowledge using basic coding environment. The coding course ran simultaniously during the course and most of the participants joined the program.

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// some stories

A selection of data driven stories implemented and developed by code her participants during a training on Open Data Platform. Getting data from another project by DW Akademie and SocialLab Data For Crisis

Check out the following DDJ Links:

CodeHer Stories 2021


  • Sibille Gerhards
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    Sibille Gerhards
    DW - CodeHer Project Manager
  • 'Understanding the global culture means to share information beyond language. Audiovisual imagery and data-driven storytelling is the future of journalism and beyond. That is why this course is essential: it makes data all the more accessible.'
    ghenwa abou fayad (noiré)
    CodeHer Trainer
  • 'Since 2015, I have developed and designed many data-driven courses for media and journalism, and participated in many similar programs as a lead trainer for Data. This one was literally unique!'
    Ali Srour (Alexsai)
    SocialLab - CodeHer Lead Trainer

4.9 / 5  

is the average evaluation by the participant after completing the course!

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// say hello

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