Rwandan journalists to embrace statistical data in their stories

The Media High Council in partnership with UNDP and NISR has conducted an eight-day media practical training on statistical data analysis (Intermediate) with hands-on data journalism skills .The training held from 27th June – 5th July 2017 in four District: Nyabihu , Ngororero, Muhanga and Ruhango.

 The training has empowered journalists with advanced skills in data and statistics analysis and interpretation in line with news stories reporting.

Addressing to participants, Peacemaker MBUNGIRAMIHIGO the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council encouraged journalists to embrace data journalism to be able to report accurate and comprehensive stories.

“Rwanda need journalists who are able to provide accurate information since data and statistics are one of the key which will help you report effectively.” He said

According to Ruben MUHAYITETO, the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) Data Portals Management Officer said that some journalists misinterpreted statistical data. Therefore, it is important to equip them with skills to help them improve their reporting on statistical data and other business-related issues.

As a result of the training, trainees enhanced critical thinking on data usage in reporting as well as to interpret statistics and use them in their news stories in an easy way to make public understand such information.

Appolonia UWANZIGA one of the trainees from the New Times said that the training helped her to got more knowledge and skills on how to report statistical data.

This training opened my mind on how figures and data reports can be a story. “ She said

Innocent HABUMUGISHA from Contact TV said that this training shaped his mind.

I have enjoyed the training at the stage that from now I cannot do a story without using data and figures!” He emphasized.

He added that besides the skills acquired, he get the opportunity of reporting articles from remote areas where he has never covered news stories due to the lack of financial means.

The eight-day practical training attracted 23 reporters from print, Radio, TV and online media houses.


Public Relations and Communication Officer