Tag: ijnet

by Catherine Gicheru

The launch of the Kenya Open Data Initiative in July 2011 led to the release of hundreds of data sets which, for a few discerning journalists and editors, opened up a new way of discovering, reporting and disseminating news. From the new data sets, journalists can learn details about budget allocations to Kenyan counties and […] more »

by Babatunde Akpeji

What options are available to backwater communities that want to attract government attention or media interest? In Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, some members of such communities were eager to tell their stories about health challenges, environmental degradation and poor infrastructure. But they lacked the skills to do so. Their break came when the International Center […] more »

by Chris Roper

It’s a truism, albeit an often neglected one, that journalists should write stories for particular, defined audiences, not for themselves, their peers or some fondly cherished but imaginary ideal reader. In too many cases, this is an instinctive process. A journalist embodies the particular brand he or she works for, the audience is a construct […] more »

by Juan Manuel Casanueva

Implementing technology projects in newsrooms or media organizations that traditionally don’t have tech support can be quite a challenge. Here are five suggestions for those starting such a tech endeavor, based on my work with technologists and media organizations in Latin America. 1. Choose the right tech partner(s) First, it is important to note that […] more »

by Christopher Guess

Journalism has always been obsessed with perfection. The story will be dead to rights, if the copy desk uses a semi-colon instead of an em-dash. If a headline’s wrong, there will be hell to pay come the news meeting tomorrow morning. There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it’s fantastic. Papers of record should, […] more »

by Jorge Luis Sierra

More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Xiomara Orellana, Daniela Aguilar, Ernesto Aroche, and Javier Garcia are four such journalists. Their experiences provide useful examples of what can be achieved with proper security training and the right technologies. Orellana, an investigative […] more »

by Margaret Looney

Journalists needing a lean tool to create embeddable visualizations in a snap can give Silk a try. Silk is a data publishing platform that turns static spreadsheets into dynamic, customizeable web pages and embeddable visualizations, and the 3-year-old company recently launched a dedicated section just for journalists. Newsrooms like the Atlantic, Wired Italy, Huffington Post […] more »

by Miguel Paz

It’s time to transform open data from a trendy concept among policy wonks and news nerds into something tangible to everyday life for citizens, businesses and grassroots organizations. Here are some ideas to help us get there: 1. Improve access to data Craig Hammer from the World Bank has tackled this issue, stating that “Open […] more »