Internews recognizes that data journalism represents a serious reformulation of the role of journalists: give citizens the information they need to make sense of the world around them and understand the forces holding back development. Internews has developed a model to instill the skills that committed journalists need to harness data for public interest reporting, create a support system for ensuring story quality and develop sustainable teams that continue their important work long after the end of the program. The approach includes 200-hours of classroom training, theory and skills-based learning assessments, a simulated newsroom environment, structured mentoring and editorial guidance, rigorous content analysis of stories and promotion and circulation of stories through local and global channels. Our data journalists measure just how bad things are, who is suffering as a result, whose fault it is and how to make things better.
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