TAIPEI (The China Post) — Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political party foundation, and DataLEADS, a data-driven Indian start-up, have yet again collaborated on bringing their enlightening and acclaimed training program to Taipei.
Previously hosted in Phnom Penh, the “Data Journalism Boot Camp” trained over 30 journalists on skills ranging from cleansing and structuring of data to investigative journalism.
Held on Sep. 14-15 at the Pacific Business Hotel, the seminar was directed by award-winning journalist Syed Nazakat, founder and CEO of DataLEADS, and intended to media professionals in Taiwan, including students, editors, reporters, and researchers.
Among other highlights, the concept of fake news was thoroughly dissected in the camp as it is a growing threat to the authenticity of journalism.
Members of the camp were given an inspiring presentation on mis- and disinformation as well as vital tips on recognizing and eliminating inaccurate aspects of stories.
A detailed explanation of the verification of data, images, stories were also provided, while Nazakat questioned the members about why fake news existed and what kinds there were.
This led to brilliant discussions sparking within the conference room and left everyone with a broader understanding. Participants were also given opportunities to interact with others to conjure creative solutions to prevailing issues regarding fake news in Taiwan.
Everyone departed with a wholesome experience and practical skills to advance in the growing data journalism industry. ●
By Saloni Meghnani, special to The China Post