The Media Development Center, under the activities aimed at professionalization of new media, part of the USAID Project for Media Legal Reform and Responsible Media, organized a Training in Data Journalism last weekend, August 31-September 1, 2013.
The twelve participants in the training came from several online media editorial offices, civic associations that run their own news sites and members of the bloggers community, a growing segment in the online media sphere in the country.
The training was led by Miranda Patrucić from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project – OCCRP, an international network of investigative journalists and organisations from Southeast Europe and Central Asia.
In the course of the training, the journalists of Macedonian online media were presented with the latest trends in the field of data journalism and related skills of visualisation and mapping of data.
Data journalism is an aggregate of skills in collection and processing of numerical data to be able to use them as source for journalistic stories. The terms usually covers the different visualisation techniques – infographics and mapping – that help present the processed data to the public in a more acceptable and understandable way.
Experience shows that online media in Macedonia, in their reporting, rarely use the possibilities offered by internet and new technologies, which was the main motivation for the organization of this training.
The Media Development Center plans other training programmes aimed to increased levels of professionalism in the new media and online media in Macedonia.