Ripples Center Nigeria Holds Geojournalism Training | The Guardian Nigeria News
The Ripples Center for Data and Investigative Journalism (RCDIJ), a nonprofit sister organization of Ripples Nigeria, Nigeria’s award-winning online newspaper, is expected to host the 2021 edition of its annual data journalism master class for African journalists.
In partnership with Ripples Nigeria, Code for Africa, BudgIT, Tracka, The Journalism Clinic and Jet Motor Company, the center will organize its specialized training titled “RCDIJ Data Journalism Masterclass 2021” on Thursday August 5th at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
The one-day training will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The highly competitive application process for the master class opened on July 5 and will run until July 15.
This year’s master class targets 30 journalists from across the African continent who will not only receive top-notch training, but will also have access to learning resources to support their practice of data journalism in this area of interest. year.
Journalists from all media organizations in Africa (or working freelance) with some experience in data and investigative journalism can apply through the RCDIJ website (www.rcdij.org).
The selection of participants will reflect, among other things, inclusiveness and diversity.
As every year, the organizing committee of the RCDIJ 2021 Data Journalism Masterclass has created training axes for training.
The main area of interest this year is “geo-journalism”. One area of supportive interest is “news as a utility”.
Commenting on the rationale for the selected focus areas, the Centre’s Executive Director, Mr. Samuel Ibemere, said: “Our main focus area this year is geojournalism. We are motivated to help guide African journalists in this relatively new field of journalism, particularly in many parts of the continent, towards a more extensive and impactful journalistic practice.
“Our goal is to enable journalists to understand geodata and report effectively on the environment, with particular emphasis on climate change and the strategic place of intervention. Beneficiaries of our training will learn to integrate data collection, analysis, visualization and reporting for holistic environmental coverage.
“We believe that empowering journalists to provide this service will help the great cause of reversing the effects of climate change and strengthening environmental sustainability.”
Over the years, RCDIJ’s master’s class in data journalism has covered many areas of interest, including reporting on conflicts, reporting on migration crises, reporting on public sector finances, open contracts. , among others.
Since its launch in 2017, the center has undertaken over one hundred (100) impactful projects across Nigeria in various critical areas including media, environment, security, corruption, health, climate change, development , democracy, elections, peace, education, migration, and resettlement.