Embassy of the United States and INTEC begin second round of the International Diploma in Investigative Journalism
The keynote conference "Data Journalism for a Fairer Society", led by journalist Ronny Rojas, formally began the diploma course that will conclude on July 15
SANTO DOMINGO. –The United States Embassy and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) started the second round of the International Diploma in Investigative Journalism, with the participation of 72 journalists, journalism students from all over the country and professors.
The diploma, which is carried out through the Social Communication and Digital Media career of the Social Sciences and Humanities Area of INTEC and the Directorate of Permanent Education, and which will have a teaching body from the United States and the Dominican Republic, began on Monday April 5 with the conference "Data Journalism for a Fairer Society", in charge of journalist Ronny Rojas, for the celebration of Journalist's Day.
Rojas, a Costa Rican investigative journalist, said that data journalism makes it possible to reveal facts of public interest and tell unpublished stories based on the analysis, contrast and contextualization of reliable databases, using attractive and clear visualizations, without neglecting the people shocked by history.
"Data journalism allows us to tell stories from databases and in a very forceful way, because we no longer have to be necessarily assuming or believing what people tell us, but we already know the reality of things effectively", emphasized.
Rojas stressed that data journalism and technology allow information to be extracted, analyzed and presented in a simpler and more attractive way. "Sometimes a graphic is more powerful than a 10,000 word sheet of text," he said.
For the investigative journalist, data journalism in no way removes the need to go out and report, because data tells human stories, how families live, the decisions made as a society, they tell stories of injustice, of abuse of power. and consequently this affects people. "Data journalism is not done on a desk with graphics without going out and talking to the people affected by the situations that we are revealing," said Rojas.
Meanwhile, the rector of INTEC, Julio Sánchez Maríñez, thanked the support of the United States Embassy, to continue supporting the exercise of such an important profession for democracy and citizen exercise.
“There is no democracy without a free, critical and well-founded press, and in our times there is no adequate formation of opinion and exercise of citizenship, not only with the news, with the most purely informative part, but with the formation of opinion that depends a lot of investigative journalism, ”said Sánchez Maríñez, who valued the contribution of technology to the development of better journalism.
Likewise, Robert Thomas, Chargé d'Affaires of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic, explained that the role of the press is fundamental for the exercise of democracy and the development of a country, especially independent journalism that seeks answers. to key questions, at the service of the collective interest.
“The United States Government is committed to promoting journalism in higher education and also to strengthening free and independent media. We are committed to fostering opportunities that support Dominican investigative journalism now and in the future, ”he said.
During the activity, Dalul Ordehi, dean of the Social Sciences and Humanities Area, said that when talking about journalism, reference must be made to information and a social, political and economic resource whose value cannot yet be quantified.
"That is why in a strategic alliance the US embassy and INTEC have come together to train and work in an area as important as data management and journalistic investigation," said the dean.
The event was moderated by the journalist Rosa Alcántara, teacher and academic coordinator of the diploma and of the Social Communication and Digital Media career.