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 $2,000. 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 Hassan Mshinda (COSTECH),
George Mulamula (COSTECH),
Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
Intro to the to the program & brief walk-through of intensive three days. 
FORMAT: Keynote
  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.
FORMAT: PPT & Online walk-through
 10h00-12h15  HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO SPREADSHEETS FOR JOURNALISTS Ami Sedghi
(Guardian, UK)  
 
Basic, hands-on intro to spreadsheets for journalists, with practical exercises 
FORMAT: Live Demos and Exercises, w Q&As
 12h-15 -  12h30 THEMATIC INTEREST GROUP SELECTION  Craig Hammer
(The World Bank Institute)
 12h-30 -  13h30  WORKING LUNCH – SITTING IN GROUPS: DEFINING PROJECTS   
 13H30 - 13h45  MINI DEMO #1: DATA INTERROGATION TOOLS  Justin Arenstein
(African Media Initiative)
Speed demo of a practical data interrogation a tool, with hints for journalists on how to deploy it in practice.
FORMAT: Live demo & walk-through
13h45 - 14h45 HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO DATA PORTALS & BASIC SCRAPING Michael Bauer
(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), & basic scraping
FORMAT: PPT & Live demos, w/ Q&As
 14h45 - 15h00  MINI DEMO #2: DATA INTERROGATION TOOLS  Justin Arenstein
(African Media Initiative)
 
Speed demo of a practical data interrogation a tool, with hints for journalists on how to deploy it in practice.
FORMAT: Live demo & walk-through
 15h00 - 17h00 HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO GOOGLE REFINE Mark de Blois with Bernadette Ndege & Luchiri Omoto
(all of Upande)
 
 
 Importing, filtering, transforming data -- with practical exercises using local data (Note - Participants sittings in their thematic interest groups; techies rejoined groups)
FORMAT: PPT & Live demos, w/ Q&As

17h30 - 18h00  GROUP BREAKOUT: STORY/APP PROJECT REFINED *All trainers join separate groups*
Thematic groups break into smaller project teams, to pitch & pursue specific project ideas
FORMAT: (no visual aids; no PPT)
18h00 - 18h10  WRAP-UP Craig Hammer
(World Bank Institute)
Concluding remarks for Day #1; expectations management for Day 2
FORMAT: Discussion & Q&As
18h10 - Close  VENUE AVAILABLE FOR PARTICIPANTS [No Facilitation]

** END OF DAY 1 **

Data Journalism Bootcamp
Hands-On Training

 Time  Session Topic  Lead Trainer(s)
08h30 - 09h00   WELCOME TEA  
09h00 - 9h15 MINI DEMO #3: DATA VISUALIZATION TOOLS Justin Arenstein
(African Media Initiative)
Overview of the importance of 'utility news' & visualization, with generous use of practical examples (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups)
FORMAT: PPT Slides, live demo of HH & data-j sites
 9h15 - 10h00 PRACTICAL HINTS FROM A DATA JOURNALIST Ami Sedghi
(Guardian UK)
Expert Data Journalist reverse-engineers a data story (how did they do this?), & explains the practical reality of being a data journalist
FORMAT: Live demos & exercises, w/ Q&As
 10h00 - 12h30  HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO DATA VISUALISATION Mark de Blois
(Upande)
Intro to data visualization using available data (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups).
FORMAT: Live demos & exercises, w/ Q&As
 12h30 - 13h30    WORKING LUNCH – SITTING IN GROUPS
 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
 
 13h30 - 14h30 CONTINUED: HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO DATA VISUALIZATION Mark de Blois (Upande)
Intro to data visualization using available data (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups).
FORMAT: Live demos & exercises, w/ Q&As
14h30 - 15h00  MINI DEMO #4: TANZANIA BUDGET EXPLORER Risha Chande
(Twaweza)
Intro to Tanzania Budget Data Explorer – hints on interrogating national budget data, with advice on available sources (participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups).
FORMAT: Live demos & exercises, w/ Q&As
 15h00 - 16h00 GROUP BREAKOUT: STORY & PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT *All trainers join separate groups*
Groups further refine their data-driven story & ‘utility app’ designs, with project teams creating story outlines & prototype of proposed app/site/service
FORMAT: (no visual aids; no PPT)
16h00 - 16h50 HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: BUILDING YOUR OWN BUDGET VISUALISATION APP MIchael Bauer
(Open Knowledge Foundation)
Teams import & cleanup & analyze sector data in prep for visualization (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups)
FORMAT: Slides & live demos, with Q&A
16h50 - 17h00  WRAP-UP  Craig Hammer
(World Bank Institute)
Concluding remarks for Day #2; expectations management for Day 3 
FORMAT: PPT Slides
 17h00 - Close VENUE AVAILABLE FOR PARTICIPANTS  [No Facilitation]  

** END OF DAY 2 **

Data Journalism Bootcamp
Hands-On Training

 Time  Session Topic  Lead Trainer(s)
08h30 - 09h00   WELCOME TEA  
09h00 - 09h30 WELCOME & COMPETITION DISCUSSION Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
Justin Arenstein (AMI)
   Walk-through of the Data Literacy Competition (rules, judging criteria, links, timeline)
FORMAT: Discussion, w/ Q&As
 
 09h30 - 11h00 HANDS-ON PRACTICAL: INTRO TO MAPPING Bernadette Ndege (Upande)
Luchiri Omoto (Upande)
Intro to mapping (an overview of mapping platforms) using local data (Note - participants now sitting in their thematic interest groups,
FORMAT: PPT & Live demos, w/ Q&As
 11h00- 12h00 GROUP BREAKOUT: STORY & PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT *All trainers join separate groups*
Groups further refine their data-driven story & ‘utility app’ designs, with project teams creating story outlines & prototype of proposed app/site/service
FORMAT: (no visual aids; no PPT)
  12h00- 13h30  WORKING LUNCH - SITTING IN GROUPS
 13h30- 14h00   PROJECT FINALIZATION & ‘PITCH’ COMPLETION Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute) Justin Arenstein (AMI)
Groups briefly meet to finalize their project pitches for the Data Literacy Competition.
FORMAT: Discussion, w/ Q&As
14h00 - 16h30  GROUP PRESENTATIONS ('PITCHING SESSIONS')  Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
Group pitching sessions, to demonstrate participants' progress in 3 days
FORMAT: PPT & Live demos, w/ Q&As
 16h30 - 17h00  WRAP-UP: NEXT STEPS & STRATEGIES FOR CHANGING OUR NEWSROOMS  Craig Hammer (World Bank Institute)
Justin Arenstein (AMI)
 Competition next steps are explained; participants brainstorm pragmatic strategies 
for taking data-j projects to newsrooms
FORMAT: PPT & Live demos, w/ Q&As

** END OF DAY 3 **