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Data Journalism in Ghana

 

The concept of Data Journalism in Ghana is very much in its infant stage though the practice is gaining significant grounds among practitioners over the last few years. The effort to speed up the process for Journalists and media especially to take up and build this skill is however commendable. The call for in depth reporting of developmental issues prompted rapid training workshops for journalists across the country where Ghanaian data experts have drawn training curtains on Data Journalism in the past years to better inform and educate citizenry. This notwithstanding, organizations such as Penplusbytes stands out as one of the foremost bodies to whip life into data journalism practice. This paper study focuses on data journalism as an essential field to be explored by the Ghanaian media in order to enhance accuracy and professionalism in their field of work.

 
 

Established on the 18th of July 2001, Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.

Vision:

To be the leading institution for promoting effective governance using technology in Africa.

Mission:

Promoting effective governance by deploying technology that enhances participation. 

Strategy:

Click to download the document: Penplusbytes Strategic Plan 2016-2021 

Values:  

The values and guiding principles that are promoted and staff of Penplusbytes must epitomise includes:

  • PROFESSIONALISM:  We are committed to excellence in providing the best possible services to our clients in a responsive and non-partisan way. We favour a collaborative approach in order to achieve sustainable results and added value.  
  • INGENUITY:  We seek and embrace new approaches for service delivery and strive to develop innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by our clients, while leveraging the experience, expertise and creativity of our staff and partners.
  • VALUING PEOPLE: We are respectful and fair with our colleagues, clients and partners while recognizing the importance of diversity and open communication.
  • HIGH STANDARDS:  We aim for excellence in service delivery and in all the work that we or our partners commit to do. We constantly apply new learning to the way we do things and apply resources to achieving outstanding results every time.
  • TRANSPARENCY:  We are transparent and accountable in the work that we do, applying the highest level of integrity and trust in dealing with all of our partners and clients. We accept individual and team responsibility for our actions and for the results of our projects and programs.
  • Promoting media pluralism and good governance in Africa using new digital technologies.