Balochistan Review conducted a day-long extensive workshop on data-driven reporting in Gwadar with the support of Media Center Sunday, 10th February for 12 participants from Gwadar and Turbat.
Data-journalism requires absorbing rigorous research methods and skill-sets that grow over time and cannot be equipped in a single day. Hence, the main idea behind this day-long workshop was to introduce data-driven reporting among the local contributors of Balochistan Review and use the opportunity to enhance their reporting skills with online resources.
Most of the participants had written for several other online platforms and newspapers before such as Dawn, Daily times, Pak Voices, Balochistan Point and Hal Hawal. But, none had any prior experience to harnessing data for journalism. So, the participants were briefed about how data can enrich reporting as well as techniques of data searching were introduced. Many Pakistani and international sites were shared with the participants where open data is available and can be incorporated in reports.
The workshop was divided into three sessions with hands-on practice at the end of each session. In the first session, participants were provided with two stories and were asked to analyze their differences, weakness and strengths. With the group discussion and their analyses in a collaborative Google word document, they concluded that the story with data and different perspectives such as; cause, impact and solution was a stronger story as compared to a regular news story.
In the second session, participants were provided another data-driven story with visuals, and they were asked to identify data points, the purpose data was serving in the report, any startling information or invisible connections, solutions and data sources.
In the third session, participants were introduced to data-driven hypotheses formulation. Several examples of such hypotheses were shared with the participants and by the end of the session, participants were asked to share their hypotheses and search for open data sources accordingly. The participants were divided into four groups and were asked to continue working after the end of the project. Their short data-driven reports will be published in Balochistan Review, as they keep working with the editor of Balochistan Review over the period of up-coming few months.
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