Experts Harp on Use of Data For Credible Stories

Written by on June 19, 2019

There is a need for journalists to develop their data-driven skills to tell their stories for more credibility.

A data Analyst, Mr.Segun Ogunwe made the point while making a presentation at a one-day workshop for agriculture Journalists in Victoria Island Lagos.

Mr. Ogunwale said an era of fake news data would go a long way to speaking for itself hard but objective truth.

He advised that journalists must make deliberate effort to source, filter the data and visualize the data before publishing their stories.

He listed credible sources for data to include the International agencies like the world Bank, public sector agencies and data portals.

Also addressing participants at the event a Business Editor Mr. Boason Omofaye called for a functional commodity exchange in the country.

Mr. Omofaye said without a commodity exchange what we are missing as a country is huge.

He noted that such training is used to highlight the great opportunities that abound in the stock exchange market, adding that commodities exchange is something that would be everybody’s delight .

He appealed to Afex Commodities organisers of the event to always make available to journalists a one page daily market report that would be used in the news.

He commended Afex Commodities for its initiative to train journalists in reporting the exchange market

Mr. Omofaye emphasized the need for journalists to understand how to translate what ever data they have at their disposal into news to make It more meaningful.

The veteran broadcaster advised that journalists must use data available to them to project the challenges of the voiceless farmers to inform appropriately.

Chinyere Ogbonna


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