Data Journalism in Sierra Leone

MSF giving a mapping training at dbootcamp freetown.

Last week , I was fortunate to be at the Data Literacy Bootcamp at Sensi Tech Hub in Freetown. This was the first ever data bootcamp held in Sierra Leone,thanks to IDT Labs, CodeforAfrica and Sensi Innovation Labs.

Many journalists attended and sadly I could only be there for one day  ,but I’m happy I went. I think this is a welcome start in Sierra Leone, because we really need thorough data based citizen journalism. I think it might be challenging to access open data in Sierra Leone,because institutions might not be very willing to share.

What I appreciated the most from the sessions was a presentation by Doctors Without Borders ,who showed the value of humanitarian mapping through a program called missing maps.

I hope we can get more sessions like these for Sierra Leonean journalists-it was a great experience.

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