In a three-day training in Strumica, young people were learning Data Journalism and Data Visualization


Metamorphosis Foundation in cooperation with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a three-day workshop “Data Journalism and Visualization” in the period 26 – 28 April in Strumica. Eleven people, primarily students and young journalists from the Vardar and Southeast Region of North Macedonia, participated in the workshop, which was held in English.

The workshop trainers were three journalists, led by the eminent journalist of the New York Times, Robert Gebeloff, who also teaches Data Journalism at Columbia Journalism School at Columbia University in New York City. The other two trainers were journalists Goran Rizaov and Bojan Blazevski from Metamorphosis Foundation.

The three-day workshop was delivered as a combination of teaching and practical work. The participants were led through a number of topics that are important for their future works, such as defining the term “data” and datatypes, as well as how and where data can be gathered, how to scrape PDF files, how to extract data in tables and how to analyze data. The trainers presented several software tools for data visualization.

The participants were divided into three teams, with each team tasked to produce a visualization of selected data on a given topic. The participants presented their final visualizations at the end of the training and received certificates by the International Center for Journalists and Metamorphosis Foundation.

The training was performed as part of the ”Journalism for a New Generation: A Media Training Program” by Metamorphosis Foundation in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with financial support from the US Embassy in Skopje.

The training that took place in Strumica was the third of a total of four workshops to be organized in the first half of 2023. Apart from the opportunity to learn, those among the young participants that achieved the best results at the workshops will be given an internship opportunity in one of the three media of Metamorphosis Foundation – Meta, Portalb and Truthmeter. Two young participants will be selected to go to a study visit to the USA, organized by the International Center for Journalists.

The purpose of this program is to equip young people with the skills necessary for high-quality reporting by using data and confirmed facts, to acquaint them with the application of cost-effective digital tools or open-source tools in their work, and to create networks with their like-minded peers concerning common problems and potential solutions.

Soon a call for applications will be published for young people up to 29 years old from the Northeastern and Eastern regions to participate in the training “Mis/disinformation and Fact-Checking”. This workshop will take place in Stip towards the end of May.

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