Following on from our successful pilot workshops for Latin America held in summer 2020, we have been awarded a grant from the Bertha Foundation to pilot similar training in the Indian Subcontinent. We have, to date, conducted three training sessions, one in Nepal and two in India with the objective of the developing investigative skills of participants and helping them find new sources for stories through data and advanced search techniques.
Working with the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN), the originally planned in-person hack-day moved online due to rising Covid cases. CIJ trainer, Jonathan Stoneman delivered a three-hour workshop in finding and working with data. He was supported by members of the CIJN who provided extra training and assistance to delegates after the workshop.
Delegates were invited to submit story ideas and the four strongest stories received a small grant to help bring the idea to fruition. Here are the links to the stories that ended up being published:
Pandemic led to unemployment, depression, and suicide
Published Date: 21 July 2021
News outlet: Kantipur National Daily
Reporter: Bidhya Rai
Obesity among the children bringing a ‘terrible situation’
Published Date: 25 August 2021
News outlet: Himal Khabar
Reporter: Kaushila Kunwar and Ramu Sapkota
Covid patients reached the hospital on time but the hospital’s mismanagement killed them
Published Date: 29 July 2021
News outlet: Swasthya Khabar
Reporter: Rita Lamsal
“In this story, we analyzed the data of 8K+ covid deaths which fall under many categories (i.e. deaths at home, hospital, isolation center, on the way to the hospital, and so on. The data was exclusively obtained from the health ministry. As it was too messy, we worked for nearly two months to refine, process, analyze and visualize it. HERE is the TRANSLATED COPY of this piece.”
Covid 19 and lockdown changed crime incidences: Organized and social crimes went down while suicides and violence against women and children went up.
Published Date: 3 July 2021
News outlet: Pahilo Post
Reporter: Bidhur Dhakal
In India, we teamed-up with 101Reporters and delivered a two-hour workshop on advanced search techniques, and a slightly longer version of the workshop that we had delivered for Nepal.
“Thoroughly enjoyed today’s session on Data journalism with Mr. Stoneman, it was truly illuminating and I am looking forward to more courses/workshops by CIJ.”
“I found the workshop very helpful and full of insights”
“Thank you so much. It was really an excellent session today. The things related to data journalism were so clearly explained. I have attended many sessions on data journalism but trust me it’s the best one. I think the amount of time given to explain the difficult things really helped.”
As part of our new International Investigative Practice initiative the CIJ is proud to present a five-day overarching training programme in Spanish, aimed at journalists and other investigators in Latin America.
CIJ presenta un programa de entrenamiento general en español, dirigido a periodistas y otros investigadores en América Latina. Comprende desde el espíritu de la práctica investigativa en soportes digitales, pasando por metodologías y herramientas de verificación, procesamiento de datos, inteligencia de fuentes abiertas (OSINT) y visualización, hasta los dilemas más apremiantes de ética y seguridad que estas conllevan.
The Centre for Investigative Journalism presents a free four session training course to cover mining across Francophone Africa for journalists based in the region. The pilot sessions cover everything from building an investigation and gathering sources to following the money, digital security and storytelling.
Le Centre for Investigative Journalism (Centre pour le journalisme d’investigation) organise une formation gratuite de quatre sessions pour couvrir l’exploitation minière en Afrique francophone, à l’intention des journalistes basés dans la région, particulièrement en Afrique Centrale et de l’Est.