Data Journalism Workshop 2019: Follow the Food

Poster of the Data Journalism Workshop 2019 "Follow the Food"

In 2019, the work of the Interactivos'19 and the Data Journalism workshops is going to focus on the complex world of food, with reference to the SDGs. #followthefood

We invite you to analyse, narrate or redesign, in a creative and radical way, changes in the food models that can serve to reduce the likelihood of environmental collapse.

The landscape, the territory, the use of resources, fertilizers, cropping and breeding systems, logistics, distribution, consumption patterns, the food culture, social relations, waste, the contamination of the different models, etc., are just some of the possible perspectives.

Come and work with Hassel Fallas, Lázaro Gamio, Xaquín González, Covadonga Fernández, Mario Pérez-Montoro, Jorge Molero, Alba Martín and Mertxe Bilbao (more to come) from Monday 25 to Friday 29 March.

As is the case with any production workshop organised in the Medialab-Prado Cultural Centre (which reports to Madrid City Council), the selected projects will be the result of an open call that will be announced at the same time as the actual workshop itself, that is, on Friday 26 November, ending on 9 January. One week later, on Monday 16 January, the selected projects will be announced and the call for collaborations launched.

Who can participate

Anyone can participate in any of the two calls for the two programmes. As far as the Data Journalism call is concerned, there are several new features this year:

  • As it is considered an international workshop,
  • the travel and accommodation expenses of the promoters of the projects (one per project) will be covered from anywhere in the world.
  • A limited number of accommodation spaces will be available for collaborations; collaborators will have to make their own way to Medialab but their accommodation and breakfast will be included.
  • English has been added as a co-official language.

However, there is another fundamental innovation: the workshop will be taking place from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 8:30pm. An intense week during which a journalistic project based on data must be completed.




Technical mentoring

  • Covadonga Fernández, freelance infographist (, Público, La Marea…).
  • Mario Pérez-Montoro (tw:mperezmontoro), Professor in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Barcelona (Spain). His work (teaching and research) is focused on Interaction Design and Information Visualization
  • Jorge Molero, Fundación Entretantos (tw:entre_tantos)



The workshop begins on Monday 25 March and ends on Friday 29 March as follows:

Monday 25th, Opening Day

  • Morning: presentation of projects and collaborations, team formation.

Evening: symposium

Lightining talks with:

  • Miren Gutierrez, University of Deusto.
  • José Manuel Naredo, economist and statiscian.
  • Hassel Fallas, menthor
  • Lázaro Gamio, menthor
  • Marina García Llorente, IMIDRA (Madrilenian Institute for the Research and the Rural, Agrarian and Alimentarian Development)
  • Xaquín González Veira, menthor
  • Laura Guerrero Gómez, INE (National Institute of Statistics).
  • Mario Pérez-Montoro, menthor.
  • Daniel J. Mery, founder of BlockMad, HackMadrid %27 and Haskell Madrid.
  • Jorge Molero, menthor.

Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th

  • From 10am to 6pm, team work
  • From 6 to 8:30pm, mini training workshops (check agenda)

Friday 29th, Closing Day

  • From 10am to 6pm, end of project and preparation of the presentation.
  • From 6 to 8:30pm, final presentation of the projects and a colloquium.


Can I submit more than one project?

Yes, you can submit more than one project, although only one will be selected.

Can I sign up for the Interactivos? open call and for the Data Journalism Workshop one as well?

Yes, please do!

Can I submit a collective proposal?

Yes, you can submit a collective proposal. In such a case, only one person’s travel costs will be covered, but the others can sign up for the collaborations open call and their accommodation will be covered.

Can I submit projects that have already begun?

Yes, you can submit projects that have already begun no matter whether they are journalistic or not. You can even submit projects that ended some time ago, providing you wish to carry out new research and create a new product.

Why have you changed the schedule?

In the first editions, the data journalism workshop was held over two weekends in two different months, with a free month in between. The first session included a talk and a workshop with international speakers, the projects got under way, then they had a life of their own during the month in between until finally, they were rounded off and presented during the second session. We even held a competition and we nominated a winning project that was supposedly published in the El Confidencial newspaper.

In 2016, we began holding informal intermediate sessions and in 2017, we decided on a workshop with 3 sessions and an additional preliminary session, on the open data day, which meant that five of the eight selected projects had been announced by that day and team work had already begun. Up to this point, the ecosystem of the workshops had continued to grow.

However, in 2018 we increased the number of sessions to five and we encountered lots of organisational problems, most of which weren’t in fact attributable to the workshop itself, which made it a somewhat atypical year. In 2019 we decided to take a gamble: one week, from Monday to Friday, with a symposium on day one, team building dynamics, specialized mentoring and collaborative and multidisciplinary work in the best case scenario… what could go wrong? We’ll know on 29 March 2019.

Any other questions?

Write to visualizar AT medialab dash prado dot es to resolve your questions, or open an issue at Github.

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