Data Journalism Workshop - Dominican Republic

Fifteen journallists from 7 Caribbean countries, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St-Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, participated in a two-day Data Journalism workshop held at the Hotel Coral Costa Caribe.located in Juan Dolio, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
A key component of the innovative Data Journalism fellowship program being conducted by Panos Caribbean in collaboration with the Caribbean Open Institute (COI), Fundacion Communica and the IDRC, the 2-day workshop provided the Caribbean journalist fellows with hands-on exposure to Data Journalism sources, resources and tools.
The workshop featured presenters:
  • Giannina Segnini who currently leads a team of journalists and computer engineers at La Nacion, Costa Rica’s newspaper of reference. 
  • Dr. Maurice McNaughton, a principal of the Caribbean Open Institute and Director of the Centre of Excellence at the Mona School of Business & Management, UWI.
The specific Objectives of the Workshop were:
1. To raise awareness among journalists about open data and open data trends in the Caribbean.
2. To raise awareness among journalists about the Caribbean Open Institute.
3. To expose journalists to data journalism theory and practice.
4. To expose journalists to some of the available tools to support data-driven journalism
5. To train journalists in the use of one data visualisation tool — Tableau.
6. To have journalists leave workshop with story ideas that can be pursued from within their home countries.
Over the intense 2-day program, Journalist fellows participated in ideation sessions which helped to generate story ideas that tackle various development challenges and topical issues.
For more details on the Workshop Program >> Data Journalism Workshop - Objectives & Agenda.pdf