Ripples Centre to train 40 journalists in open contracting, data journalism, others

Ripples data journalism train, training

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15, 2020 – The Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism (RCDIJ), a non-profit sister organisation to Ripples Nigeria is set to train 40 African journalists as part of its annual master class on data journalism.

As with every year, the organising committee of the RCDIJ Data Journalism Masterclass 2020 has narrowed the training’s focus into three key areas: Open Contracting/Procurement; Public Sector Projects Tracking/Monitoring, and Data Journalism.

The specialised training tagged ‘RCDIJ Data Journalism Master Class 2020’ which is in partnership with Open Contracting Partnership, Code for Africa, BudgIT, Tracka, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and JetSystems will hold on Thursday, November 26 at Work and Connect, 50 Ubitu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, Abuja.

Applications for the highly competitive training will end on November 15.

Participants at the training will not only receive first-class training but will also access learning resources to support their practice of data journalism in this year’s areas of focus.

Full time journalists and freelancers from across media organisations in Africa with experience in data and investigative journalism can apply.

Executive Director of the centre, Samuel Ibemere, said: “2020 has been a truly challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic directly upended life as we know it, its fallouts have also been gravely damaging.

“One area that has occupied the spotlight is government’s financial response to the crisis. The allegations of mismanagement and fraud that have dogged the entire process, from procurement to distribution of resources, bring to the fore, the essential value of open contracting, public sector projects monitoring, and data journalism.

“This presents a unique opportunity for journalists to deploy critical data journalism skills that will ensure transparency and accountability in the public sector contracting/procurement, and project implementation phases.

“But they have to be trained first. It is this challenge that RCDIJ, with the generous support of its partners, is taking up at this year’s masterclass.”





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