Internews Data Journalism Advisor Eva Constantaras was chosen, along with 27 other women from five countries, to participate in a week-long Leadership Academy at Poynter, focused on the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of digital media leadership.
A study conducted by Internews provided deeper insight into how Kenya’s news audiences perceive and understand the graphic images used to tell data-driven stories in the media. Bubble charts have little to no traction with Kenyan audiences; bar charts are generally considered more credible and “scientific;” but the best ones to use for conveying information are pictorial infographics.
(This story was originally posted on Medium.)
Bubble charts have little to no traction with Kenyan audiences of print news. Bar charts, on the other hand, are generally considered more credible and “scientific.” But if you want interest and inferences drawn from the news you’re conveying, then the best ones to use are pictorial infographics.
Data has the potential to help communities understand their biggest challenges – why people become sick or well, why development initiatives succeed or fail, how government actions align with citizens’ priorities. However, most people do not have the skills or inclination to engage with data directly. That’s where data journalists and the open data community come in.
This report explains the role of data journalists and open data, and lays out the key considerations that can help predict the success or failure of new data journalism initiatives.
In Kenya, dedicated journalists like Dorothy Otieno are using data to give depth and integrity to mainstream reporting. Otieno heads up the team at Nation Newsplex which published analysis of data showing thousands of Kenyan children are still leaving school early, with long-term consequences – they earn less and suffer more ill health than their more qualified peers. She says:
(Two of the fellows in this article from School of Data will be working with Internews' Data Journalism team.)
For the past three years, School of Data has been identifying and selecting outstanding data-literacy practitioners around the world. Our Fellows have led the way in bringing data-literacy knowledge and practices to their region: 26 individuals in 25 different countries in regions right across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
(Eva Constantaras, Internews Data Journalism Adviser, is interviewed in this article from The Global Editors Network-Shorthand Social.)
Data journalism today, just like the rest of the news industry, is facing many challenges, from the transition to mobile and native content to monetisation, and new technologies.