InfoTimes: The first Arabic website specialized in DDJ

InfoTimes: The first Arabic website specialized in DDJ

Organisation: infotimes (Egypt)

Publication Date: 04/10/2016

Size of team/newsroom:small

Description

InfoTimes is the first Arabic website specialized in data journalism. It was created in 2012 by the Egyptian journalist Amr Eleraqi to support data journalism in Egypt and Arab world by posting accurate and catchy data stories. During three year and with small motivated and professional team, InfoTimes has gained major local and regional media outlets as clients to supply them with data stories especially as most of region outlets are still struggling in this field. And in order to share knowledge and spread the data journalism, InfoTimes team has started a series of workshops for young journalists to train them on the best tools and practices to visualize data. In addition to cooperate with a number of prestigious institutions such as BBC Media Action and Internews to train Arab young reporters.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

Our project aims to strengthen data sharing and visualization by posting our own stories as well as opening our electronic platform for other Arab journalists to post their own data stories. Any journalist can easily log in, create his story and post it on the site. Moreover, we offer training and welcome any kind of sharing knowledge, experience in this field and cooperation with journalists and organizations that have the same interest in data journalism.

Technologies used for this project:

We use all available free tools such as: spreadsheets,RAW, Infogram, Java, Cartodb and D3.js to design and present data.

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