From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
In its bid to broaden the scope of knowledge of journalists in accurate reportage, Stallion Times organisation over the weekend organised a day workshop on “Data Journalism and Media Standards” for journalists in Kogi state.
The training which was sponsored by MacArthur Foundation with the beneficiaries was held at Modern Age event Hall, Lokoja Kogi state.
In his opening remarks, the Project Coordinator of the organisation, Isiyaku Ahmed told the participants that the workshop is focused on understanding how to identify, gather and explore a dataset for an investigative report.
Other focus and objectives of the workshop according to him is appreciating media standards in data journalism as well as understanding data presentation in appropriate visual formats.
Ahmed further stated that the Workshop with its Theme: “Get Involved, Dialogue and Improved Project” was put in place to shape the skills of the participants on Data Journalism and Media Standards.
In his lectures on Data Journalism, Charles Mbah explained that it is not only about chat or number but the use of figures, pictures, visuals and videos to authenticate reportage of events and happenings in the society.
Mbah identified three types of data journalism to include; qualitative, structured and unstructured data journalism.
The Stallion Times, a non-governmental organisation trained no fewer than forty selected practicing Journalists from print and electronic media in Kogi state.