Code-4-Nigeria deepens data knowledge of journalists

C4N Lagos

The Code-4-Nigeria says it will continue to drive the innovative journalism of using credible data sources to tell exciting investigative stories that will cause a positive social change.

Mr John Eromosele, Civic Technologist, Code for Africa (C4A) made the assertion during the August Hacks/Hackers meet-up in Lagos.

The Code for Nigeria, a chapter of the C4A, is a non-partisan civic data and civic technology ‘change agent’.

It uses civic technologies and open data to build digital democracies that afford citizens timely and unfettered access to actionable information that empowers them to make informed decisions and that strengthens civic engagement for improved public governance and accountability.

The August Hacks/Hackers meet-up training was themed: “Using Official Statistics for Storytelling in Nigeria’’.

Eromosele said that C4N, in collaboration with Brown Institute and UN Data Forum, intended to equip journalists with skill sets that would change the narrative of using official data to tell and illustrate stories better for wider and enhanced audience engagement.

He said that the training focused on demonstrating how journalists in Lagos, Abuja and Benin could leverage official statistics and resources provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for storytelling.

“NBS is the official data repository for Nigeria and resources available on its website will be leveraged by journalists to tell credible and engaging stories,’’ he said.

Besides, Eromosele said C4A has formed a partnership with various newsrooms and engage in training sessions to upskill the capacity of journalists in data reporting.

A participant at the training, Abdussalam Amoo, who is a journalist at Educeleb, said that the training session was exciting.

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He said he learnt more about data scraping and visualisation tools during the monthly meetup.

“The training session has made it easy for me to identify where the data are and how to interpret them,’’ he said.

Also, Femi Omotayo, a writer with Indicator Magazine, opined that the training session should be extended the timing, beyond two hours, to allow participants to practice what they learnt.

The monthly meetup holds for two hours from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

“I feel not much can be achieved because the time is too short.

“The session is packed with loads of information, which I feel require more time for practical demonstration,’’ he said.

Mr Abdulfatah Babatunde, a Deputy-Editor-In-Chief with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), commended the C4A for the initiative.

He said that the partnership between the C4A and NAN has enhanced reportage and news delivery to the delight of the agency’s teeming clients.

By Oluwashina Iyanda

 

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