Ghana’s journalists get data boot camp

DEVELOPMENT

|
Image: By Nana Appiah Acquaye
Ghana’s journalists get data boot camp

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghanaian journalists, developers and media creatives are participating in the first ever data literacy programme known as the Data Journalism Boot camp in Accra.

The workshop is being held under the theme 'Elections & Civic Watchdog Media, using Open Data', and is funded by the World Bank Institute and supported by Google and Africa Media Initiative program together with Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI).

Trainers for the workshop are drawn from diverse backgrounds with immense experience in the use of Open Data.

Journalists are finding the workshop very useful and interesting, as it provides them with hands-on learning on data journalism, which includes where to find high-value data, scraping, cleaning, visualising, and crafting narratives from the data.

The Board chairman for the Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI), Nii Narku Quaynor, noted the importance the government of Ghana and his outfit attached to the workshop and noted that the program is put together to help especially journalists in Ghana to build local base contents making good use of Open Data.

To convey the point to enable readers to understand and make informed decisions, journalists using Open Data will be able to the use maps, charts and illustrations in their reportage to tell their story in clear and simple way.

According to Michael Buaer, a technologist, digital activist and an open data specialist, data journalists present complex information in simple ways to help readers or consumers of news.

The use of open date by media practioners in Ghana has become necessary as the country enters another election year. Media practitioners were also taken through Google fusion table to help them access the country's demographics through Google platform, to transform ordinary scripts into simple data visual format. 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Airtel supports Mathare slum youth

Airtel is ensuring that over 800 school children get hot meals every day and that 32 teachers receive their monthly salaries. Read More

ENhANCE project improves ICT education in East Africa

Aalto University has launched the ENhANCE project, which has seen them team up with institutions in Ethiopia and Tanzania to provide the technical and educational support that can help address the challenges faced by these countries. Read More

College joins tech world with new courses

New Era College of Arts, Science and Technology has introduced two new degree programmes “to respond to the skills shortage in Botswana’s business economy,” said Gagan Chawlar, the college’s communications person.  Read More

Technology transfer to boost water supply and sewerage services

As part of the African Development Bank’s efforts to increase the transfer of technologies and skills to the African continent, Malinne Blomberg, Chief Financial Analyst in AfDB’s Water and Sanitation Department, joined the wide range of stakeholders including technology providers, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and engineering, procurement ... Read More

Airtel Ghana walks the talk on women’s empowerment

Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyeman – Rawlings with Lucy Quist, MD of Airtel Ghana Airtel Ghana has earmarked March as International Women’s Month under the theme, “Make it Happen!”  Read More

MTN to fund 100 libraries in Congo Brazzaville

MTN says it will fund 100 libraries in Congo Brazzaville nationwide in 2015 as part of its ‘Y'ello 100 libraries for all’ project. Read More

AccessKenya pledges Kes7.2m for ICT in education

AccessKenya Group has earmarked Kes 7.2 million over the next two years to support the use of technology in the delivery of education in the country. Read More

Airtel Kenya supports Murang’a School for the deaf

Bharti Airtel has commissioned new toilet facilities at Murang’a School for the deaf in Murang’a County, Kenya with an aim of improving learning environment for students.     Read More

School children in Nakuru to learn more with Airtel’s Free Internet for Schools programme

Airtel Kenya has connected Koinange Primary School in Nakuru County to the internet for free.  Read More

Orange Kenya in solar lighting partnership

Orange and GreenLight Planet, a US based company that delivers affordable energy to off-grid consumers, have signed a strategic partnership to provide affordable solar lighting to Kenyan homes in areas that have limited access to electricity, through the use of solar lamps with a USB charging mechanism.   Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

MTN Group Sustainability Report released

MTN Group’s efforts to advance social development in its markets through the integration of sustainable business practices into day-to-day activities, is yielding positive outcomes, the company’s Sustainability ...