Workshops tackle data and long-form journalism

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Two masterclass sessions at Singapore Press Holdings discuss Big Data and long-form storytelling.

Former Gannett regional executive editor Kevin Anderson leads the sessions on July 11-14.

Anderson says the Panama Papers showed how big data, data analysis and technical project management can deliver journalism with impact, affecting the highest levels of government and society. "Data is playing an ever increasing role not only in in-depth investigations but also in helping audiences understand and engage with complex stories.

"Newspapers have long produced the most in-depth journalism when compared to broadcast or digital outlets, but in the era of short social updates and mobile messaging, some have feared that long-form journalism would not attract the audiences in this attention-deficit age."

Organised by WAN-Ifra Asia, the two masterclass workshops - Engaging Audiences with Data Journalism and Rise of Long-Form Storytelling - aim to equip news organisations to address the new and changing needs of the readers, the skills needed to engage them and the ways to gain advantage over old and new competitors.

Anderson will show participants cutting edge projects that present the power of data-driven and long-form storytelling. Participants will also learn to plan and produce high impact story pieces for print, desktop, mobile and social audience, through examining key trends and practical exercises.

News organisations can submit nominees to participate for either a two-day or four-day session. More information, please click Data Journalism & Long-Form Storytelling.

At Gannett Wisconsin Media, Anderson oversaw two newsrooms - at Sheboygan Press and HTR Media.

Before joining Gannett, he held a number of pioneering positions with news organisations, including being the BBC's first online journalist based outside UK in 1998, and as The Guardian's first blogs editor and then digital research editor from 2006-2010.

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