JOLT: Harnessing Digital and Data Technologies for Journalism


DCU FuJo is coordinating the JOLT project, a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network. Jolt aims to harness digital and data technologies for journalism by providing a framework for the training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers.

Jolt researchers are hosted by six academic partners – DCU FuJo (coordinator), DCU Insight, University of Amsterdam, University of Navarra, University of Thessaloniki, University of Toulouse – and two industry partners – British Broadcasting Corporation and Samsa.

JOLT addresses the global lack of a systematic, rigorous and innovative approach to digital and data journalism research and training by uniquely combining insights from computer science, data analytics, business, sociology, communication theory, journalism studies, and political science. The project will deliver new insights and solutions for the news media industry by pursuing five interlinked goals

  • Investigate the practices, business strategies, and ethical values shaping new journalism;
  • Deliver a high quality research and training programme for 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) to deliver the industry and academic leaders of the future;
  • Develop new tools, policy recommendations, and best practice frameworks to advance the practice of socially valuable journalism;
  • Produce high quality academic publications to advance the state of the art in journalism studies; and
  • Inaugurate and coordinate a Working Group – comprised of journalists, news industry representatives, and interdisciplinary academics – to address the interconnections and synergies between academic knowledge and the practice and business of the news industry.

For more information, visit the project website.