MFWA, DW Akademie to Train 12 Media Houses on Data Journalism

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will on November 14 – 16, 2018 bring together journalists from 12 media houses across Ghana for a three-day training on data journalism at Little Acre Hotel in Aburi.

The training which is being organised in collaboration with DW Akademie aims at equipping journalists with the requisite tools, techniques and approaches to process, analyse and present big data in the most effective and concise manner.

The advancement in digital technology has made available a deluge of information on varied subjects. Information processing skill has, therefore, become a key requirement for the modern journalist who needs to structure out information from abundant data and tease out of them unique stories that capture most important and relevant issues.

The training workshop will be facilitated by Elena Erdmann and Kira Schacht, both who are international experts in the field of data journalism.

Elena Erdmann is a data journalist and computer scientist who works with the national news website, Zeit Online, in Berlin and at Journocode, where she offers training on data-driven journalism while Kira Schacht works at Deutsche Welle in Berlin and is also part of the data journalism initiative, Journocode.

The workshop will enable the participants to produce stories with picturesque and crafty visualisation that will be reader friendly to the increasingly busy news audience.

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