KPC Organises ‘Data Boot Camp’

Srinagar: The Kashmir Press Club Saturday organised a ‘Data Boot Camp’ for its members.

The workshop was organised by the KPC in collaboration with Data Leads and Google News Initiative (India Training Network), in which around 40 journalists representing different organisations and newsrooms participated.

The ‘Data Boot Camp’ comprised of two sessions with data journalist Anuja Venkatachalam delivering a talk on ‘flourish’ and  ‘Pinpoint’, two important tools to help better visualise the data stories and help in the transcription of long audio/video interviews/files.

Venkatachalam acquainted journalists with the use of the “Flourish’ app and how it can be used for better and aesthetic visualisation of info graphics and other data.

Sanjit Oberoi, Data Trainer acquainted the journalists with the common mistakes in visualising the data.

The participants of the workshop while thanking the organisers for this basic data workshop urged the organisers, particularly the Press Club to organise more such kind of workshops to help journalists and equip them with tools for fact-checking.

“The data workshop helped in honing the skills which is very important for a journalist to operate in the present-day world. We need to have more such workshops which as it will add not only to the quality of reportage but also give a new dimension to the journalism”, a senior journalist who attended the workshop said.

The Press Club management-President Shuja-ul-Haq and General Secretary Ishfaq Tantry, who were present during the workshop- while thanking the Data Lead particularly Syed Nazakat and Google News Initiative and the trainers for this wonderful workshop promised to organise more such events in future to help in capacity building of the club members and local media persons.

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