Political Data Journalism

General information

With the ever easier access to economic and political data - keywords "Big Data" and "Open Data" - the breakthrough came in data journalism. Data is no longer just a source of research, but a central subject of journalism, a new narrative format adapted to the general public. The best newspapers in the world have greatly expanded their range in data journalism, The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, or Le Monde. In Switzerland, competencies in the area of ​​data journalism are increasingly in demand. The track "Political Data Journalism" combines a deepening in Political Science with basic knowledge in the field of data journalism and is expanded with insights into classical political journalism. With the background of theories and methods of analysis, the students learn how to compile data sources as well as methods of data collection and data visualization. On the basis of practical examples, they are introduced into the communication of scientific contexts and data-based storytelling.


For graduates of the research seminar "Introduction to Data Journalism", various media offer internships. The IPZ cooperates in this area with NZZ Visuals, Sotomo, the Tagesanzeiger, SRF Data, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Spiegel Datenlese. If you have any further questions, please contact Naome Czisch.


Many of our data journalism graduates have already taken part in well-known media, science or have other very interesting jobs. A selection:

  • Patrice Siegrist works at  Tagesanzeiger.
  • Thomas Willi, Sina Blassnig, Chris Goodman, Lukas Lauener and Basil Schläpfer work at  Politan.
  • Thomas Lo Russo works at the statistical office of the canton Zurich. 
  • Philipp Möhr works at the statistical office of the city Zurich.
  • Benjamin Schlegel and Garret Binding work at the Chair of Political Methodology at the IPZ.
  • Pascal Burkhard works at SRF Data and Nouvo
  • David Krähenbühl works at sotomo.
  • Julius Mattern works at  DeFacto.
  • Nikolai Thelitz works at NZZ