Code For Nigeria Tasks Journalists On Data Driven Stories.

Uploaded by on September 3, 2019


There is a need for journalists to always tell their stories using data from official statistics from government agencies such as National Bureau of Statistics.

This was the submission of a Civic Technologist with the Code for Nigeria, a subsidiary of Code for Africa, Mr. John Eremosele at the Hack Hackers monthly engagement with journalists and data analysts in Lagos.

The Civic Technologist said that official data sources were usually more credible and acceptable even to the global community.

He listed some of the credible sources that journalists could rely on for data to tell interesting stories that could inspire change in the society to include, the National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS) Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) and Nigeria Data Portal, UN agencies, World Bank among others.

Mr. Eremosele explained that using official data to tell stories can give it a global acceptance, adding that statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS) was globally accepted.

The Civic Technologist who decried that many journalists failed to give credit to their sources, advised journalists to always ensure that they give credit to their sources to authenticate their stories because such data could not have fallen from heaven.

He further explained that good data alone does not make a good data story but added that data storytelling could be more effective when it provides value, whether it teaches people something new, gives them a new perspective, or inspires them to take action on issues being highlited in the story.

Mr. Eremosele who observed that data stories were not only compelling, said that publishers were also hungry for great storytelling, adding that in a world of repeated contents, data storytelling helps the authur stand out.

He urged journalists to leverage on available official statistics of the NBS website to tell engaging stories.

In addition, Mr. Eromosele said Code for Africa is partnering various newsrooms and engaging in training sessions to upskill the capacity of journalists in data story telling.


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