Pan-Asia data journalism boot camp to be held in Guwahati

The Data Boot Camp Northeast, a part of Pan-Asia data boot camp initiative, will be held at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati on July 14-15.

The camp will be one of the first of its kind data journalism initiative in the Northeast region. It is aimed to promote data-driven research and journalism by bringing together journalists and experts from other fields: data organisations, IT, businesses, and government agencies.

The two-day event is geared towards open data, fact-checking, writing and watchdog reporting and will features discussions on a wide range of topics including data journalism, fake news, tools for online verification, future of open data in Northeast, data in healthcare, political economy of disinformation and citizenship data.

“The main idea behind the boot camps is to build conversation, engagement and collaboration in the Northeast region about open data,” said Syed Nazakat, founder and editor-in-chief of DataLEADS.  “The boot camp initiative is recognised as a pioneering collaborative initiative in Asia and we are sure this one in Assam will open new windows of collaboration for journalists and other professionals in the region.”

The speakers at the boot camp include co-founder of ‎Bohniman System Abhijit Bhuyan, director general Assam Police Kuladhar Saikia, editor of North East Live Wasbir Hussain and senior journalist and author Paranjoy Guha Thakurta. Google News Lab Lead (APAC) Irene Jay Liu, professor at Columbia Journalism School Raju Narisetti, director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (USA) David Kaplan and CEO of Global Editors Network (France) Bertrand Pecquerie will join via video link.

The boot camp is an initiative by DataLEADS, an Indian digital media organisation that runs a series of data journalism initiatives across Asia. The boot camp is supported by Google News Initiative, Global Investigative Journalism Network, Oxfam India, the Apollo Hospital, MediaNama and Journalists’ Forum Assam.

Similar successful boot camps have been held across Asia including in Bangalore, Kashmir, Delhi, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in collaboration with world’s leading organizations.

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