The breaking news model of journalism is dying. Learning data journalism skills is indeed labor intensive, time consuming and expensive. Yet data journalists have a tremendous role to play as a public-service watchdog. They can transform the flood of publicly available data into insight that facilitates citizen engagement in the democratic process. Internews trainees have launched their own data teams in mainstream media and prompted politicians to change policies and engage in a debate grounded in reality. Crucially, the stories they produce are disseminated through local media to reach and engage the most people and pressure governments into making better decisions for the whole country. They prioritize accessible, relatable storytelling over resource-intensive interactives to lower the barrier to entry and reach ordinary citizens.

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