In Kenya, dedicated journalists like Dorothy Otieno are using data to give depth and integrity to mainstream reporting. Otieno heads up the team at Nation Newsplex which published analysis of data showing thousands of Kenyan children are still leaving school early, with long-term consequences – they earn less and suffer more ill-health than their more qualified peers.
“When the Kenyan Minister for Education released the annual national secondary school exam results at a press conference, he denounced our story as inaccurate,” said Otieno. “However, we showed him how deeper analysis of the data paints a less rosy picture. He changed his mind.”
In collaboration with media development charity Internews, data journalism is changing how the media does it’s job in developing countries. Read more about their work over on Medium.