Two important skills every journalist must learn quickly
For journalists who want to remain relevant in the profession and be in-demand, there are two skills they have to learn and master.Â This include how to use data to report stories and coding.
â€śEven in countries where itâ€™s hard to get decent data, there are people exploring, finding something,â€ť explainedÂ Simon Rogers, the data editor at Google. â€śEvery government in the world has data, even Afghanistan.â€ť
Marco TĂşlio Pires, the Google News Lab lead for Brazil and Latin America, said that journalists have a responsibility to explore open source databases, seeking stories that otherwise wouldnâ€™t be evident, while also pressuring the government to make more data available online.
â€śWe are not expecting that any regular citizen will dig into these databases, but journalists are being paid for it,â€ť he said. â€śAs journalists we cannot give up, we have to push and push the government to release [datasets]. That is our job, right?â€ť
Pires recommended that those interested in getting started with data journalism should take online courses in order to learn the basics. Organizations likeÂ InternewsÂ in Africa and Asia,Â School of Data, theÂ Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas,Â Hong Kong UniversityÂ and many others in the Middle East can be helpful starting points for finding these courses.