Nyaggah calls on African media to adopt open data journalism


Nyaggah calls on African media to adopt open data journalism

Nairobi, July 2016 – The Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), Mr. Muchiri Nyaggah has called on African media to adopt open data to enable more evidence-based story delivery, NaijaAgroNet reports.

Nyaggah made this call at the opening session of a four-day open data training workshop for members of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Journalists Network, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

He highlighted the essence of the training as building the capacity of media practitioners to enable monitoring of progress and report on the implementation of the CAADP through the use of agriculture data and research.

He told NaijaAgroNet that the objectives of the training included devising innovative ways to disseminate news and advocacy content to increase awareness on the agricultural transformation agenda in Africa.

He told the participants that they would receive technological support to help them implement what they had learned. As such, they would be trained on how to find, present and visualize data suitable to journalists’ needs, such as creating charts, maps or galleries.

Speaking at the same forum, Eric Chinje, chief executive officer of the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), urged African media practitioners to “discharge themselves of the maxim of being ‘watchdog’ or ‘forth estate of the realm’ when they cannot use their tools to enthrone good governance and leadership on the continent for the common good”.

He said that the “purpose of the media is to help Africa address the change we all want.” Further, he urged journalists to live above board by ensuring that they bridge the gap through reportage that is “evidence-based, that will not be disputed by anybody because such a report has sufficient data to show or vindicate itself”.

Chinje was optimistic that Africa and media practitioners could ensure a bright future for themselves by offering adequate coverage of issues that unite the continent, like agriculture, than those that divide it.

He, therefore, urged for practitioners to live up to their primary responsibilities in order to build a legacy worthy of emulation

The open data training is organized in line with the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)-led partnership as part of the Global Open Data for Impact and Capacity Development on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODIVAN) scheme; a Department for International Development (DFID) project, implemented under a joint venture of international partners with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency as facilitated by Local Development Research Institute (LDRI).