Honing investigative and data journalism skills in Côte d’Ivoire

Honing investigative and data journalism skills in Côte d’Ivoire

June 18, 2021

Twelve Ivorian journalists attended additional training from 7 to 12 June 2021 in Abidjan, the purpose of which was to hone their skills for open government investigations.

Following the investigative journalism workshops held as part of the PAGOF project, twelve journalists were selected to form a small group to be coached in how to carry out investigations that use open data and cover the challenges of open government in Côte d’Ivoire.

This comprehensive 6-day training programme, which was led and supervised by journalist, expert and founder of Mama Project Africa, Tatiana Mossot combined theory and practical exercises and included a 3-day data journalism bootcamp which was delivered remotely via videoconference by Marianne Bouchart, an expert and trainer specialising in the area.

The investigative journalism side of the programme included sessions on how journalists could make better use of information retrieval tools and institutional sources, put forward their investigation and have it published, and protect themselves.
And the data journalism bootcamp included the verification and processing of data sets, exercises to visualise data, and advice on how to process data for use as a source.

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Group photo from the additional PAGOF investigative and data journalism training

The beneficiaries of this additional training will now form groups of four to carry out three collaborative investigations on open government and the role of public data. From July to December, the various consortia will work together and receive mentoring and support from instructor Tatiana Mossot, who will oversee each step in the completion of these ambitious and innovative investigations.