Data journalism: Innovation for Cambodian journalists

Data journalism workshop

Cambodian journalists develop their first data stories. (Photo: GIZ/DMC)

Data-driven journalism is a process where journalists use and visualise data to tell compelling stories.  In recent years, it has become an important trend, opening new ways for newsrooms to inform their audiences. In Cambodia, data driven journalism is still a very young concept. However, open-data activists and investigative journalists are confident that it will help to improve access to information and transparency. This is considered to be crucial in a society where culture of secrecy is still dominant and journalists and citizens are often denied information.

In January 2014, the pilot project organised the first ever training workshop on “data-driven journalism” in Cambodia. In the two-week training course conducted by DW Akademie in cooperation with the Open-Data NGO Open Development Cambodia (ODC), 13 young journalists and media officers learned how to find and use reliable data illustrating some of the key challenges in Cambodia. Topics included the price of rice, overseas labour migration, road safety and public service delivery. The results were then used to inform public debates and radio-shows in rural communities. Read here how this information helped to improve the living conditions of Cambodian rice farmers in Battambang province.

You find all workshop results and some of the training manuals in the DDJ Blog. Get to know workshop co-trainer Penhleak Chan from ODC here to find out what she thinks about the effects of open data in Cambodia. Also listen to the views of some of the workshop participants about why data journalism matters.

Interview with Manika Pinn, university lecturer, Department of Media and Communication / Royal University of Phnom Penh, 1’00”

Interview with Teth Chorn, editor-in-chief SABAY, 39”

Interview with Narin Sun, online-editor Voice of Democracy, 55”

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