Press release

20 journalists from Urgench trained in data journalism

Urgench, Uzbekistan

A training course on data-journalism which was attended by 20 representatives of local media was held in Urgench (Khorezm region).

The training, which took place from 6 to 8 November 2019, was organized by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and the the Modern Journalism Development Centre.

During the intensive three-day training, the journalists studied the tools of working with data, learned how to collect, cleanse and analyze data for further use in journalistic materials.

The training was conducted within the framework of the project "Enhancing the Capacity of Uzbek Media to Serve the Public Interest - Phase 2", financed by the Government of Great Britain.

It is worth noting that data-journalism has emerged as a new field of journalism, thanks to the huge amount of digital information and software that is available today, which translates complex and boring tables into understandable visualized forms.

The participants of the training highly appreciated the knowledge gained:

Gulnosa Ramanova, press secretary of the Urgench branch of TUIT:

"I would like to sincerely thank the organizers of this training. I would like to emphasize the high qualification of the trainers, their clear and professional work. They worked on a well thought-out method, clearly and clearly explained the most difficult topics in data-journalism. It is very valuable that they almost individually studied with us, taught to work with complex computer programs. This is a completely different, very practical approach to training journalists. I have received more than I expected from the training and I will try to immediately apply new knowledge in my professional work".

Nasiba Vaisova, spokeswoman for the Khorezm Region Council of UzLiDep:

"This training opened up new opportunities for me to be creative in my work. We were taught to clearly and understandably convey complex analytical data presented in large tables in the form of clear graphs and animations. Data visualization is a completely new approach to the production of journalistic content. I am very glad that our Khorezm region was chosen as the place for this training. We have never conducted such practical training before. The trainers were very attentive to our questions and problems that arose in the course of training. I believe that this is a new, higher level of journalism. I will try to use all the knowledge gained in my work".

This training was the fourth in the chain of cascade trainings on data-journalism. The next training sessions are in Karshi, Bukhara, Samarkand and Jizzakh. As a result of the trainings in 4 cities, about 70 local journalists and bloggers were trained in data-journalism methods.