Data Journalism: Stallion Times Train Media Practitioners in Kogi

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Media practitioners have been charged to be intentional about data journalism.

Charles Mbah, Program Lead at Dataphyte, gave the charge at a day workshop organised for journalists on ‘Data Journalism and Media Standards’ by Stallion Times in Lokoja on Saturday.

He urged participants to embrace data journalism to enhance citizens access to the right information.

Mbah said data journalism would help to reduce misinformation and disinformation.

He added that data journalism, which represented facts, would help citizens to get the right information that they could use to hold government accountable.

The Project Coordinator of Get Involved, Dialogue and Improve Project (GDRIP), Isiyaku Ahmed, urged journalists to maintain media standards on their reportage.

He said data journalism present information in a visual form, making it easier for people to understand, but stressed the need to adhere to media ethics.

Ahmed enjoined journalists not to restrict themselves only to the code of ethics in journalism, but they should also make use of the instrument of press freedom.

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