Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Being a data journalist
We all know that journalism can be vague and biased in absence of data. Mukta Patil has been working with ‘IndiaSpend’, India’s data journalism initiative. Are you interested to know what is her role in IndiaSpend and what process does she follow when she drafts an article? This is what she has to share with all of us.
“I grew up in Pune and went to Fergusson College for my Bachelors degree in Economics. After that I did a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. I have been working with IndiaSpend as an energy and environment analyst for about ten months now.
I did not have a conscious plan to work as a data journalist. But when the chance presented itself, I decided to take it; because it is a great practice to immerse yourself in understanding issues through data, while not forgetting that human beings will face the implications of that data at the end of the day, whether good or bad.
I write about wildlife conservation, forests, new and renewable energy sources, electrification in rural areas, problems with power generation and distribution to name a few. I follow the same formula all journalists do. When I think of anything that I would like to work on, I pitch it to my editor and discuss the best way to do the story with him. Once the basic boundaries are decided, I start to do some background research to understand what kind of data is available. I then talk to experts in the field to get their opinions. And as much as possible, I try to go and meet people who are affected or will face the impacts of whatever I am working on.”
All the best to Mukta for her journey!
To know more about IndiaSpend, visit http://www.indiaspend.com/ .
Here are a couple of Mukta’s stories for you:
Mukta Patil, NIRMAN 3
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