In samenwerking met de Nederlandse Ambassade in Egypte organiseert Kieskompas een intensieve cursus in Data-Driven journalism voor Egyptische journalisten bij het Nederlands-Vlaams Instituut in Cairo.
Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Egypt, Kieskompas organizes a comprehensive and in-depth training in Data-Driven journalism at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) from August 26 to 28. The main goal is to show journalists how they can use public opinion data for exciting new types of journalism, in which the narrative is supported by state-of-the-art graphics and other visual representations that show what voters think about important issues.
Modern journalism is no longer simply gathering information, but is increasingly the art of filtering, visualising and analysing an abundance of available data. Data-driven journalism is used to develop deeper insights into what is happening around us and how this might affect us all. Instead of trying to focus on being ‘the first to report on a single event’, high quality journalism nowadays focuses on what certain events or developments actually mean for people. Therefore, modern data-journalists put events and developments into their context and relate them to other events, trends and phenomena. Combining articles with data makes stories dynamic and allows readers to explore the issue deeper, focussing on what they find interesting.
Kieskompas has won several national and international media-awards for developing easy-to-use online platforms that voters can visit to see which political party or candidate is closest to their own political preferences. Kieskompas has developed such websites and collected public opinion data in over 40 countries across the globe, including the previous Egyptian elections. With these Vote Advice websites Kieskompas collects very important and interesting information on what voters really think and to what extent parties actually represent the opinions of voters.
Informing voters in an accessible way
Kieskompas forms a team of academics and experts that collaborate in each country with major media-organisations, because Kieskompas believes that informing voters in an accessible way is more efforts than ‘just’ reporting on who is likely to win the elections. Over the last three elections in Egypt, more than three quarter of a million Egyptians visited the websites.
Journalists can use crucial information that is collected from the Vote Advice websites for important and innovative media-productions. By informing voters in a more transparent and non-partisan manner, journalists are best positioned to contribute to the democratic transition of their country. Kieskompas’ experience with collecting, analysing, presenting and visualising opinions of voters and ‘data-driven sense-making’, enables strengthening media coverage of elections and deepen the public. This course does not replace traditional journalism, but helps them to take media coverage of elections to a higher level, making it more interactive and more visual.
Egyptian parliamentary elections 2011-2012: www.masr.bosala.org
Egyptian Presidential elections 2012: www.egypt.bosala.org
Egyptian Presidential elections 2014: www.bosala.org