- Journalists in Nigeria have a reason to smile regarding the coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country
- A newly launched website is making available day to day data and insights to enable deeper analytical reporting of COVID-19
- Experts in the media industry say Nigeria cannot be left behind in the new analytical reporting of COVID-19
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A new website www.covid19reportng.com has been launched for Nigerian journalists.
Over the last 3 months, 30% of reporting done globally is around COVID-19, and the level of analytics and analysis behind the news globally is so deep.
Experts in the media industry say Nigeria cannot be left behind in the new analytical reporting of COVID-19.
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Accordingly, global news houses don't just look at single day to make a report, they look at data by the day, week by week,% change in new case,% change in death rate per day, discharge rates, reporting on a state level and national level, to adequately communicate progress or failures to the public in this critical times.
It is important to note that using the right information and data while reporting on COVID-19 cannot be overemphasized in this times when a single error of 1% in any of the critical information being passed out could cause undue panic and crises.
Sobowale Temiloluwa, the CEO of intelligent interactive who gave more highlights on the initiative, said: “Our journalists are very important in our fight against COVID-19, empowering and supporting them with data and insight in order for them to do deeper research, uncover uncommon trends and bring out reports on COVID-19 in Nigeria that will compete with any news media house and news report globally is our goal.
“As an analytics company, we have decided to build this free tool to help our journalists at this critical time in the area of analytical reporting where most media houses and journalist need support, this will complement the good work they are already doing in reporting on this pandemic.
“Our data is sourced from globally recognized COVID-19 reporting sources, including NCDC and globally recognized health research institutes.
“The website www.covid19reportng.com and it is also open to the public to view data on a national level but journalists will be given special passwords to access data and insights on granular state level across the 36 states of Nigeria.”
He said interested journalists can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive their access details.
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