About ISDJ

IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism is a learning and upskilling platform for those looking to develop expertise in building data-backed and evidence-based narratives, storytelling prowess, simplifying complex datasets using visualizations, verification tools, and fact-checking techniques through on-demand video lectures delivered by subject matter experts.

Aligned with the idea of improving public discourse, IndiaSpend School of Journalism (ISDJ) encourages participants to utilize open data to analyze a range of issues with the broader objective of fostering better governance, transparency, and accountability and encouraging citizen engagement.

IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism (ISDJ) offers a credit-based course, wherein journalists can log in to study offline and based on courses completed, secure an online certification.

Participants can look forward to enrolling in courses around:

  1. Public Health Reporting
  2. Education
  3. Agriculture
  4. Gender, Youth, and Child Rights
  5. Climate & Environment

After enrolling, participants will have access to timed online courses.

Each course will consist of 4-5 smaller sessions covering technical and non-technical topics of 30-45 minutes each. These sessions will be conducted by knowledge, industry, or a media expert.

Each course will include pre and post-tests, short lessons, and an engaging assignment for you to work on. ISDJ also offers fellowships to journalists on a number of courses.

After completing the pre-test, all the smaller technical and non-technical sessions, shared the assignment identified for the course, and completed their posts tests, participants will be eligible to be certified for the course completed.

The details of the course offered and the information relating to such courses can be accessed from www.isdj.in

Participants need to create an account with ISDJ. As soon as participants are ready with an ISDJ account, they can select any course of their choice and begin a course according to their convenience.

Participants can enrol in the courses explained in English. The IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism (ISDJ) will be introducing the courses in different languages shortly.

IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism (ISDJ) is an on-demand video learning platform that will serve individuals who want to master the skill of interpreting public data, building narratives, expanding horizons, and receiving learning from subject matter experts.

Our courses enable participants to create compelling evidence-based stories by analyzing complex data from credible sources. These sources include official government reports, research papers, and policy updates among others.

Each course contains interactive video lessons, engaging assignments, and interesting tests. Participants can refer to pre-reads recommended by industry experts, download presentations, and engage with fellow participants using our community forum.

The ISDJ platform will offer to thousands of journalists and others, cutting edge tools in interpreting public data through real-time case studies. This will in turn bring greater data-led analysis into daily reporting on issues and the use of data for the public good. Over a period of time, we at ISDJ, believe will lead to increased accountability and better governance.

Collaborations and Partnerships

ISDJ is open to collaborations and partnerships with colleges, schools, media houses, public policy initiatives, organizations, NGOs, civil societies, businesses to build educative and informative knowledge programs around public health, food and agriculture, climate and environment, mental healthcare, water, and air pollution.

IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism (ISDJ)’s present partners including:

  • ISB Mohali
  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • PGIMER Chandigarh

Participation and Enrolment

ISDJ aims to engage with a diverse range of learners, from academia to journalism students and professionals, public policy, advocacy, and legal practitioners to professionals in social development sectors and civil society organizations, from bureaucrats and policymakers to data enthusiasts, students, and rookies interested in expanding their knowledge base.

ISDJ requires all participants to be of 18 years of age and above to enrol for the knowledge courses.

No. You don’t have to submit any ID proof unless a course has its special requirement.

Although largely focussed around journalists and media students, the ISDJ programs are open to everyone – be it data experts, policy wonks, civil society organizations, etc.

Yes. While enrolling for a specific course, participants can know of the specific timeline mentioned to complete the course. This timeline starts from the time a participant successfully registers for the course. Participants are advised to complete the course in the specified time to receive their certification.

Each of the courses are valid for a period of 6 months. In case you have not been able to complete a course within a stipulated timeframe, you may reach out to connect@livedataviz.in to explore various ways of completing your course.


The courses can be registered for at a nominal fee as mentioned in the course details. Certain courses that are sponsored by our partners can be accessed at no cost based on a coupon code provided in the course details. 

To pay fees, participants can select and purchase a course of their interest from our wide courses section. Just select the course that you want to register for, click on “Take This Course” and then Proceed to checkout. Here, fill in the necessary details and you will be redirected to the payment gateway. 

Click on the icon of ‘My Profile’. You will see a drop-down menu. Click on ‘Purchases’ and you will be able to view your ISDJ transaction details.


Any individual who completes the registration process (as described hereinbelow) on the Website / Web Page are eligible and successfully completes the Programme as per the Rules and Course Guidelines shall be provided with a certificate to this effect. Participants can make the fee payment through the payment integration as can be viewed on www.isdj.in

ISDJ will harness and scale the on-ground expertise and experience that IndiaSpend has built over the last few years in running workshops in cities like Mumbai and Delhi in partnership with Omidyar Network, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) & Google News Initiative.

We offer specialized certificates in affiliating with leading institutions and seats of learning on completion, in addition to the creation of cohorts, mentoring academic and technical support.

The ISDJ Team

IndiaSpend School of Data Journalism (ISDJ) is powered by Live Data Visualisation (LDV)

Our Faculty includes:

  1. HR Venkatesh, Faculty Chair, ISDJ.
  2. Madhur Singh, Managing Editor, IndiaSpend
  3. Shreya Raman, IndiaSpend
  4. Sadhika Tiwari, IndiaSpend

Yes. You can access ISDJ’s website on your mobile devices.

In case of any clarifications or doubts, you can contact the team on connect@livedataviz.in

Participation Related

There are no pre-set qualifications required for pursuing an ISDJ course.

ISDJ courses are open to everyone with an interest in learning. These courses are best suited for journalists, academia, professionals in civil society organisations and foundations, anyone associated with the socio-economic development sector.

No, the videos cannot be downloaded.

No, the videos cannot be downloaded.

You can find all the courses on our website. You need to click on the tab ‘Courses’ to find all the ISDJ courses available on the website.

Click on the icon of ‘My Profile’. Click on ‘My Assignments’ and you will be able to view the history of all your submitted assignments.

Apart from the videos by knowledge and industry experts, participants can also refer to a set of pre-reading material recommended by the industry expert who will be conducting their sessions.

These pre-reads will help participants relate to the videos better.

To reach out to the faculty, you could write to the team on connect@livedataviz.in

It is easy to address your doubts. While you have your course on, you will notice a “Discussion Panel”. You can post your query there for the faculty to respond to you. Alternatively, you can also reach out to us on connect@livedataviz.in

Yes, you can. You can enrol in as many courses as you would like to.

Leaving a course midway shall result in non-grant of certification.

At present, we do not have any provision to save notes. We are in the process of including the feature to make your experience smoother.

At present, we do not have any provision to save notes. We are in the process of including the feature to make your experience smoother.

Account Related

To create your account, you can simply log on to ISDJ’S registration page and follow the next steps.

Changing passwords is very easy. Once you login, click onto “Go to My Account”, select “Account Details” where you will find the option under “Change Password”. Here, enter your new password and click on “Save Changes”

The ISDJ account could be only deactivated or deleted by the ISDJ admin only.

No. ISDJ does not ask for any ID proof.

Once you login, visit, the “Go to My Account” section click on to “Account Details”. You will see a prompt to change your email address.

The ISDJ videos are viewable in a variety of different qualities, ranging from 360p to 8K. In “Auto” mode, the video player switches between all available qualities to accommodate changes in the viewer’s Internet, processing speed, and player size.

The quality of your playback experience is largely dependent on how your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or mobile provider connects to ISDJ’s playback servers. Keep in mind that your overall Internet speed can vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to: time of day, WiFi performance, other devices/users utilizing your connection, and the strength of the signal provided by your ISP.

The following table shows the minimum speeds required for each playback quality:


Required Minimum Bandwidth


500 kbps


1 Mbps


3 Mbps


7 Mbps


12 Mbps

4K & up

22 Mbps

When a video plays in lower-than-expected quality, it’s likely because the viewer’s Internet speed (bandwidth) or computer processing speed cannot support higher quality playback.

Viewers can manually force a particular quality by selecting the gear icon in the lower right corner of the player. (This may result in frequent buffering if the bandwidth does not meet the required minimum outlined above.)

We might collect personal information such as your name, age and other similar particulars for maintenance of internal records and creation of your profile on our website.


  1. Personal Information: We might collect personal information such as your name, age and other similar particulars for maintenance of internal records and creation of your profile on our website.


  1. Registration: Any information required for registration on the Website and in enrolment in the courses offered by ISDJ. 


  1. Transaction-related information, such as when you make purchases or enrol for any course/s, respond to any offers, which may include sensitive personal information like bank account or credit card or debit card or other payment instrument details. 


  1. Contact information: We might collect the details submitted by you for further communication regarding your participation in ISDJ.


  1. Information you post: We collect information you post in a public space on our Website or on a third-party social media site.


  1. Other information: If you use our website, we may collect information about your IP address and the browser you’re using. We might look at what site you came from, duration of time spent on our website, pages accessed or what site you visit when you leave us. We might also collect the type of mobile device you are using, or the version of the operating system your computer or device is running. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.


  1. User Submissions: The Website may enable you to send, post, upload, transmit or otherwise submit to the Website or otherwise display or exchange (including, without limitation, with other Website users) on or via the Website (collectively, “Submit”), any information, images, or other content including but not limited to your personal and sensitive information (collectively, your “User Submissions”) and we collect such information. 


  1. Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose User Submissions through the Website publicly, that information can be collected and used by any other third party as well. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information and you sharing your personal information itself shall be considered and consenting to the collection and use of the same by others through the Website. 
  2. Log Information and User Communications: The server logs may include information such as your web request, internet protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We may also retain any communication from your side to us in order to process your enquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
  3. We collect information that helps us enhance your experience and our courses, products and services. 


ISDJ will collect information through your IP address, the browser and device you’re using, or your device ID. We will be able to tell what webpage directed you to ISDJ by looking at information from your browser.


For more details, please visit our privacy policy page.

In order for us to give you quality experiences and to understand how you’re using our services we often use other companies to process your personal information on our behalf. For example, sending you emails about things we think might interest you, or to ask you what you think about our services.

Any personal data provided to or collected by LDV and ISDJ is controlled by Company and may be shared with third parties and business partners as engaged by Company in furtherance of and/or for the provisions of Website and Website services. We will not share your data for any other purpose unless it is related to or in furtherance provision of courses on ISDJ or provision of Website Services or Website. 

For more details, please visit our privacy policy page.

We make sure that your personal information is looked after as if we were handling it directly, and only share the information with entities who have adequate security procedures, practices or policies for the protection of data and maintenance of privacy. We carefully select these companies, only share with them what they need to do the work and we make sure they keep your information secure.

For more details, please visit our privacy policy page.