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The top data journalism events for early 2022

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With the new year chugging along, it's time to fill your diaries and make plans for what's to come. We have rounded up some exciting journalism events that you will not want to miss in the first six months of 2022.

Some are specifically focused on data journalism, while others are larger events that cover more general journalism topics. Expect these events to reflect the current atmospheres and adapt accordingly with online, in-person or hybrid attendance.

But while the mode may differ, they all have one thing in common: they will show you what's coming up in the journalism landscape and provide space to meet and network, something most of us crave and could thrive off of in these times.

Outlier Conference

Feb 4-5, 2022


If you are interested in data visualisation, this is the absolute best to kick off this series of events. Save the date, because the Outlier Conference will take place online on February 4 and 5, 2022!

Hosted by the Data Visualisation Society, this event will feature inspiring talks, the opportunity to meet and share with others, and a chance for all attendees to celebrate the global visualisation community. The list of speakers is impressive, with data visualisation experts from all corners, bringing a very diverse and thorough expertise to the table.

They offer different options for tickets on a sliding scale that aims to eliminate the cost of the ticket as a barrier for anyone interested in joining.

You can also volunteer and get a free ticket by filling out this form.


March 3-6, 2022


IRE's annual data journalism conference is one of the most established events on the subject. It brings together a global community of journalists to discuss how newsrooms can better use data and technology in their reporting to tell more compelling and in-depth stories. The four-day event includes live training sessions, panel discussions and conversations with experts from around the world.

You can already take a look at the programme to see just a small portion of sessions planned, ranging from an in-depth look at best practises for teaching data journalism to hands-on classes on Python, R, and SQL and many more to come.

Tickets go for $295 for early birds to $405 for on-site tickets. There are special discounts for students and they can help you with visas if you are travelling from outside the US. You must be a member of IRE to attend the conference.

For more information, visit their website.

Mozilla Festival

March 7-10, 2022


Over the past 10 years, the MozFest has established itself as the event to attend to witness the intersection of technology and society. In this year’s edition, expect a virtual option as well as the opportunity to meet face-to-face with other participants at a series of sessions and workshops at MozFest House in Amsterdam (a new venue for each edition of the festival).

With over 100 sessions to look forward to, the topics will discuss different approaches to bring about a healthier internet and more trustworthy AI.

You can already start collaborating by responding to the call for volunteers and supporting the community from within. You can also join one of the working groups to engage with a global collective of like-minded people who have diverse educational and professional backgrounds, as well as different skills and knowledge in relation to AI. Also, do not miss the opportunity to visit their archive channel to catch up on previous talks.

Registration is free but donations are encouraged to support the cause.

International Journalism Festival

April 6-10, 2022

International Journalism Festival

A beautiful venue in Perugia, Italy, provides space for the International Journalism Festival, which celebrates its XVI edition this year from April 6-10.

As the last two editions were cancelled due to the pandemic there’s a lot to look forward to this year. The first list of speakers is expected to be online soon. In the meantime, take a look at the impressive list of professionals who have attended in previous years to whet your appetite.

We will be there to present the results of our survey The State of Data Journalism 2021. So come along and meet us and the winner of the all inclusive trip we offered to those who took the time to fill in their answers.

All events at the festival are free to all attendees, with no tickets or registration required. For those unable or unwilling to travel to Perugia, all festival sessions will be streamed live and videos of each session will be available on demand shortly after.


May 19-22, 2022


For those who want to dive deeper into the world of data, here’s another event you can’t miss: Dataharvest 2022 will take place May 19-22 in Mechelen, Belgium.

Up to 500 investigative journalists will gather at the conference to learn, discuss and plan new collaborations.

The program is still in the works, but it will revolve around Food and Water with a European focus. For Dataharvest, this is a return to their roots, which originally grew out of a journalistic collaboration to access information about EU agricultural funds. They promise a variety of inspiring sessions divided into these and more areas: cross-border journalism, investigative methods, AI and data journalism. Of course, the networking opportunities in a picturesque landscape such as Mechelen are not to be overlooked.

Right now tickets are €190 - until February 15 or until they sell out. After that, tickets cost €250 (cheaper for freelancers and students, see registration page).

Best hopes and wishes to the organisers and staff of these events for smooth and safe conditions for these celebrations of journalism. We can't wait to meet you all to not only network but chat and grow with like-minded people.

In the meantime, is there anything we missed? Let us know in our Discord community, where we meet regularly to discuss all things data journalism. You'll also find live events there with experts from the field answering your questions. So let’s kick-start the year and begin pencilling in dates.

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