All the data you can eat

The African Investigative (Data) Journalism Conference

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

28 – 30 October
Wits University, Johannesburg

This year’s African Investigative Journalism Conference’s speaker list is top-notch. Apart from the usual investigative journo crowd, there’s plenty of data journalism happening: Al Jazeera’s Mohammed El-Haddad heads up AJLabs; Dorothy Otieno is the Data Editor at Nation Media Group; Alastair Otter and Laura Grant from the MediaHack Collective (often featured in Naked Data); Siyabonga Africa from the South Africa Media Innovation Program; fact-checking journo Ray Joseph; Lailah Ryklief and Adi Eyal (see above) from OpenUp; and our very own Adam Oxford. Forget an investigative journalism conference — it’s more like a data journalism conference.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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