Three Days of Immersive Learning

The bootcamp takes place over three, full days of intensive learning. Participants will each have their own workstation, to follow the live exercises and project work. The first day will see participants form small teams, to focus on self-selected topics or themes for a group project and a chance of winning $1,500. Learning will be incremental, beginning with basic spreadsheet and data scraping skills, and leading up to data visualisation and data mapping.

Here is the itemised agenda:


Data Journalism Bootcamp
Hands-On Training

 Time  Session Topic  Lead Trainer(s)
08h30 - 09h00   WELCOME TEA  
 09h00 - 09h10  WELCOME & INTRO TO DATA LITERACY BOOTCAMP Chris Kabwato (Highway Africa), Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute) & Justin Arenstein (African Media Initiative) 
Intro to the to the program & brief walk-through of intensive three days. 
  09h10 - 10h00 PRESENTATION: INTRO TO DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM   Justin Arenstein (African Media Initiative) 
Intro to data driven journalism with generous use of practical examples to catalyze/inspire participants. Includes overview of example Data-J stories / apps.
 10h00-12h30  HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO SPREADSHEETS FOR JOURNALISTS Caelainn Barr (Open Knowledge Foundation)   
Basic, hands-on intro to spreadsheets for journalists, with practical exercises 
 12h-30 -  13h30  
LUNCH 
 
 13H30 - 14h30  HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO DATA PORTALS & BASIC SCRAPING  Friedrich Lindenberg (Open Knowledge Foundation)
 Intro to data portals showing participants what data is already available to them (potentially 
including additional data sources, including UN, Ujima, census data, etc), and basic scraping
14h30 - 16h00  HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO GOOGLE FUSION & G-REFINE    Mark de Blois (Upande) 
Importing, filtering, transforming data -- with practical exercises using local data 
(Note - participants sitting in their thematic interest groups; techies rejoined groups) 
 16h00 - 17h00  GROUP BREAKOUT #1: STORY/APP PROJECT REFINED  Caelainn Barr (Open Knowledge Foundation); all trainers join separate groups 
 Thematic groups break into smaller project teams, to pitch & pursue specific project ideas
 17h00 - 17h30  WRAP-UP Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute) & Chris Kabwato (Highway Africa)  
 Concluding remarks for Day #1; expectations management for Day 2
17h30 - Close  VENUE AVAILABLE FOR PARTICIPANTS  [No Facilitation] 


Data Journalism Bootcamp
Hands-On Training


 Time  Session Topic  Lead Trainer(s)
08h30 - 09h00   WELCOME TEA  
09h00 - 10h00PRESENTATION: INTRO TO 'UTILITY NEWS' & DATA VISUALISATIONS Adi Eyal (ODADI)  
Overview of the importance of 'utility news' & visualization, with generous use of practical examples
 (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups)
 10h00 - 11h00 HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO MAPPING Mark de Blois (Upande)
 Intro to mapping (using G-Fusion/Maps + other mapping platforms) using local data (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups, Comments from Caelainn Barr (Open Knowledge Foundation): practical application
 11h00 - 12h30  HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO DATA VISUALISATION Mark de Blois (Upande) 
Intro to data visualisation using available data (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups). Comments from Caelainn Barr (Open Knowledge Foundation): practical application
 12h30 - 13h30    WORKING LUNCH – SITTING IN GROUPS
 
 
 13h30 - 14h00 QUICK PRACTICAL: WORKING WITH HEALTH DATA  Adi Eyal (ODADI) 
 Intro to data Health Data and advice on available sources (participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups).
14h00 - 14h30  QUICK PRACTICAL: INTRODUCTION TO STATSA   Koketso Moeng (STATS SA)
Intro to STATSA and demo of available data (Note - participants now sitting in their  thematic interest groups).
 14h30 - 15h30  GROUP BREAKOUT #2: STORY & PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT  Caelainn Barr (Open Knowledge Foundation); all trainers join separate groups 
 Mini-hackathon, with project teams creating story outlines & prototype of proposed app/site/service
15h30 - 16h50 HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: BUILDING YOUR OWN BUDGET VISUALISATION APP Friedrich Lindenberg (Open Knowledge Foundation)  
 Concluding remarks for Day #1; expectations management for Day 2
16h50 - 17h00  WRAP-UP  Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
 Concluding remarks for Day #2; expectations management for Day 3  
 17h00 - CloseVENUE AVAILABLE FOR PARTICIPANTS [No Facilitation]  



Data Journalism Bootcamp
Hands-On Training


 Time Session Topic Lead Trainer(s)
08h30 - 09h00  WELCOME TEA 
09h00 - 09h30WELCOMECraig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
 09h30 - 11h00 PRACTICAL HINTS FROM EXPERT DATA JOURNALIST Caelainn Barr (Open Knowledge Foundation)
Expert Data Journalist reverse-engineers a data story (how did they do this?), 
& explains the practical reality of being a data journalist
 11h00- 12h00LUNCH (ENCOURAGE WORKING LUNCH BY GROUPS)Friedrich Lindenberg (Open Knowledge Foundation)
 Deeper dive - brief demo of other data visualization tools (e.g. Tilemill, etc)
  12h00- 13h00 LUNCH (ENCOURAGE WORKING LUNCH BY GROUPS)
 13h00- 13h30   COMPETITION DISCUSSION
 
 Justin Arenstein (African Media Initiative) & Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
 Walk-through of the Data Literacy Competition by principals 
(rules, judging criteria, links, timeline)
13h30 - 16h30 GROUP PRESENTATIONS ('PITCHING SESSIONS') Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
Group pitching sessions, to demonstrate participants' progress in 3 days
 16h30 - 17h00 WRAP-UP: NEXT STEPS & STRATEGIES FOR CHANGING OUR NEWSROOMS Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute) & Justin Arenstein (African Media Initiative)
 Competition next steps are explained; participants brainstorm pragmatic strategies 
for taking data-j projects to newsrooms