ICFJ offers webinar about 5 free digital tools that any newsroom can use [Worldwide]

ICFJ offers webinar about 5 free digital tools that any newsroom can use [Worldwide]

Posted on April 20, 2017

Easy-to-use online tools can help journalists improve audience engagement and storytelling through the use of data visualizations and interactive content. Many of the tools are available for free and do not require advanced developer skills to use.

Journalists worldwide can click this link to join a free webinar to learn how they can use these technologies in their newsrooms on Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m. EDT. The webinar will be broadcast simultaneously with Facebook Live on the IJNet Facebook page.

This discussion is part of a webinar series supported by the Dow Jones Foundation. It will be led by ICFJ Google Fellow Irshad Daftari and Farah Ghulamwaris Thakur from IndiaSpend, India’s first data journalism initiative. Daftari leads training sessions in key partner newsrooms, including IndiaSpend, helping them fully integrate the latest tools into their daily workflows and operations.

During the webinar, Daftari and Farah Ghulamwaris Thakur will share tips from their experiences for using new, free technologies to drive innovative storytelling, including:

  1. Dotmat, a tool that breaks down data to help audiences understand how individual components (one person, one dollar, etc) fit into the bigger picture (total deaths or spending, for example).

  2. Fusion Tables, a data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables.

  3. Google Maps, which can help journalists to create and share maps online.

  4. Facebook Live, a tool for streaming live content and interacting with viewers in real time.

  5. Tools for presenting longform storytelling online

Please register for the webinar using this form. Registered participants will receive a reminder email as well as links to the presenters’ slides and video after the webinar is complete.

Irshad Daftari, an experienced media strategist, specializes in digital journalism, audience engagement and news product development. He has a strong background training local journalists on the latest online journalism tools, including Google Fusion Tables, Dataminr, Newswhip, Facebook Live, interactive timelines and a variety of analytics platforms. Daftari is also the lead organizer for Hacks/Hackers India's Mumbai chapter, a global community working at the intersection of news and technology.

Farah Ghulamwaris Thakur is an edit assistant and data visualizer at IndiaSpend, the country’s first data journalism initiative. After pursuing her B. Tech in Biotechnology from Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Farah has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Social Communications Media with a specialisation in Journalism in 2015 from Sophia Smt. Manoramadevi Somani College, Mumbai. Earlier she worked as Research Assistant to Anupama Chopra at Cherry Tree Productions, Mumbai.