Interactive Reporting — Outriders Session at Lviv Media Forum

Jul 5, 2019 · 6 min read
Lately, we don’t have luck. Wherever we go the weather is like this — in front of the Lviv Opera House, pic by Kasia

Last month we went to Ukraine to participate in Lviv Media Forum, the most important event dedicated to the media and journalism in Central and Eastern Europe. It was its fifth edition, this year located in Fest! Republic — a fantastic space in an old factory on the outskirts of Lviv.

One of many art installations at Fest!Republic in Lviv, pic by Kasia

Outriders came to Forum with a rather mighty team of Piotr Andrusieczko, Kasia Białach, Jakub Górnicki, Rafał Hetman, Piotr Kliks and Marcin Suder.

During 3-days conference program Jakub Górnicki had a Lab about Telling Stories through Instagram. After that, we organised a panel with Eva Lopez (Deutsche Welle), Zhanna Novik (Radio Free Europa) and Rafał Hetman on Interactive reporting.

Here are some bullet points from the presentations:

Eva Lopez during Lviv Media Forum 2019, pic by LMF

Eva Lopez, Deutsche Welle: “Intro to the Data Journalist Mindset — the Experience of the Deutsche Welle Data Team”

  • To be a good data journalist you need: a love for detail, openness for complexity, “data literacy”: data research, validating sources, how to read numbers, high frustration tolerance, stamina (and a boss giving you time for it).
One of the topics covered by the DW data team, a chart from Eva‘s presentation
  • Writing a data journalism piece, you start with a question; then you look for the needed data, you analyse it looking for patterns, outliers, and trends, this creates even more issues so write a piece answering these questions, and this creates our news event.
Rafał Hetman during Lviv Media Forum 2019, pic by LMF

Rafał Hetman, Outriders: “Telling Stories With & For Communities”

  • “Zones of Fear” is one of the most significant fact-checking projects run right now by Outriders and using traditional journalism tools (going to a place and double-checking facts). It also has viral potential.
Photos can be fact-checkers too, like here — view from a London street in so-called Sharia zone, pic by Marcin Suder
  • What is vital in communicating a difficult, emotional content to our community is the language usage, text structure (and has to be very clear, you verify the myths) and giving information, not opinions.
Zhanna Novik during Lviv Media Forum 2019, pic by LMF

Zhanna Novik, Radio Svoboda “How we made a stories revolution in Belarus.”

  • Radio Svoboda leading storytelling platforms are Facebook, Instagram, Vkontakte, YouTube Stories, Google AMP Stories. Soon perhaps they will use WhatsApp, Telegram Stories or Odnoklassniki as well.
Chart showing who is a typical user of Radio Svoboda content, slide from Zhanna’s presentation
  • It’s worth adding educational materials as well and to mix serious and light topics.

Soon we will publish the videos from all the above talks, so stay tuned!

A tram and its female driver, pic by Kasia


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