Data boot camp broadens Taiwan journalists horizons

The Data Journalism Bootcamp trained over 30 journalists on skills ranging from cleansing and structuring of data to investigative journalism. (The China Post)
The Data Journalism Boot Camp trained over 30 journalists on skills ranging from cleansing and structuring of data to investigative journalism. (The China Post)

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.

Award-winning journalist Syed Nazakat, founder and CEO of DataLEADS, directed the seminar intended to media professionals in Taiwan, including students, editors, reporters, and researchers. (The China Post)
Award-winning journalist Syed Nazakat, founder and CEO of DataLEADS, directed the seminar intended to media professionals in Taiwan, including students, editors, reporters, and researchers. (The China Post)

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.

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. (The China Post)
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. (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)

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.

From left: Glenn Chong, senior regional programme manager, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Ltd., Dimitri Bruyas, editor in chief, The China Post, and Syed Nazakat, pose for a photograph during the seminar. (The China Post)
From left: Glenn Chong, senior regional programme manager, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Ltd., Dimitri Bruyas, editor in chief, The China Post, and Syed Nazakat, pose for a photograph during the seminar. (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)

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