Code for Africa, NAN to sign MoU on data journalism



Code Africa, an international , with a mission building data journalism desks across Africa, on Monday announced
to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The organisation’s Pan-African Data Editor, Mr Jacopo Ottaviani, disclosed this during a visit to the management of the Agency’s Office.

Ottaviani, who said that the had been training journalists in
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, explained that its partnership with NAN expose the Agency’s journalists to the relevance of  data, graphs and visuals in reports.

“The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is of our preferred in Nigeria and across the continent. We are planning to expand NAN’s capacity to quality data journalism reports and stories its clients.

“Our objective is to train NAN journalists so that they can do more in data journalism through charts, maps and design good infographics that will help readers and listeners to get a deeper understanding of news reports.

“We are, therefore, planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with NAN, because of its wide coverage of news in the country and in the ECOWAS sub-region,’’ he said.

The Country Lead of Code for Nigeria, Ms Nkechi Okwuone, said that the visit to assess the relevance of data journalism and infographics to some NAN journalists, who had  benefited from its programmes since February 2017.

Okwuone also said that the visit enable both organisations
to evolve new areas in partnership, with a view to signing an MoU.

The Managing Editor and Head of the Office of NAN, Mr Mike Mbonye, commended the for choosing NAN as  of its “preferred media organisation for its data journalism development programme’’.

Mbonye said that the training so far received by NAN Journalists from Code for Africa had been very helpful to beneficiaries from the Agency’s various desks.

“The trainings that we have so far received from you have been very helpful and wonderful to our various desks.

“It has given us that edge over our subscribers and competitors. We really need you to continue to sustain these sessions with us,’’ he added. (NAN)