The Annual USAID BMAP Media Forum was held in October this year. This Forum provides an important opportunity to bring together representatives from USAID's BMAP partner media outlets across the region to share best practices and lessons learned, deepen their understanding of global and regional trends, and seed or strengthen partnerships to advance solutions to common challenges in content production and content monetization in the digital environment.
Our partners had opportunity to hear and discuss about the latest trends and changes in journalism, with special focus on covid-19 pandemic.
Imer Muhović and Feđa Kulenović spoke about the importance of data visualization in media representation of content. In order to tell a story journalists need to know how to manipulate the data in order to squeeze the story out of it. Many times the data tells the story but the data itself can be a story. They spoke about the motivation to work with data and to learn new skills in this field. They gave some advices and tools that can be useful for everyone who want to engage in working on data journalism and data visualization.
Imer Muhović is a bioinformatics engineer, currently based in Barcelona, at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), where he is working on visualizing the global abundance of marine microbes and constructing cloud based data analysis pipelines. When not pursuing hard science he likes to apply his skills to analyzing electoral data, fake news, and visualizing different publicly available datasets.
Feđa Kulenović is an information and communication expert researching and practicing in the fields of data science, information sciences, knowledge management and communications. He cooperates as a consultant with many governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, and business sector. He is trying to transfer his knowledge and experience to students of library and information sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. He is also working for USAID’s Balkan Media Assistance Program (BMAP) as a trainer in data journalism and data visualization as well as editor of www.balkansmedia.org.
Watch their presentation below. The presentation is in English language.