Burmese editorial teams receive data-journalism training

Burmese editorial teams receive data-journalism training

October 15, 2019

In late August 2019, six Burmese media outlets took part in a data management training course at Yangon, in order to enhance the content of their articles.

The journalists in the editorial teams at Irrawaddy, Frontiers, Myanmar Times, Myanmar Now, Burma News International (BNI) and San Taw Chain received the support of the organisation Phandeeyar, which helped them to improve their management and the publication of data in Myanmar. As a partner to the Mekong: Sustainable News project, Phandeeyar has offered more than 45 hours of one-to-one coaching to the journalists in these editorial teams, so that they can publish content that is more accessible to the public, while using data-journalism techniques.

Ye Win Saung, the Chief Editor of the digital media outlet San Taw Chain based in Yangon, gives a detailed account of the initiative in his latest article: “The programme, which was customised to my needs, allowed me to present the collected data in a more visual way.
For Nay Thurein Tun Nay Thway Zen, the Director of San Taw Chain, “when data are used to support journalism, you can get a more concrete picture of what is actually going on. There’s a real difference between saying that a measure is positive, and using data to prove that this is actually the case.

Phandeeyar is currently working with each editorial team to publish articles relating to sustainable development in the country.