The discussion of the book “Data Journalism” at Mingachevir State University

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Discussion of the book “Data Journalism”, prepared in electronic form, was held at MSU with the enterpretation of MSU teacher Kerim Aliyev and editor-in chief of “Mingachevir Lights” newspaper Farman Nabiyev.

Vice-rector of MSU professor V.Ayyubov thanked the event participants as well as everyone who worked for the publication of Data Journalism. The professor emphasized that the book addressed to the great audience promises to be useful for the teachers and students of this university.

European Union Program Manager Ms. Alexandra Nerisanu, who took part in the discussion, said that the European Union has supported numerous projects related to the development of civil society in Azerbaijan, with 12 organizations currently implementing the project “Srengthening the role of Civil Society in Ensuring Socio-Economic Rights of Sensitive Groups”. The initiative of the Mingachevir Parents Association Public Union is to promote accountability, better governance and the strengthening of local communities, which is also one of the goals of this project. Ms.Alexandra Nerisanu noted that the goal is to provide more open information and to make it accessible for everyone.

Editor-in-chief of “Mingachevir Lights”, President of “Mingachevir Parents Association” Public Union Farman Nabiyev gave detailed information about the project initiative and “Data Journalism” book. He noted that the joint initiative of Czech TOL and Polish “Linking Media” started in October 2016: “We have organized meet up trainings in Baku, Sheki and Mingachevir, advisory meetings in six regions, and a number of trainings and conferences in Mingachevir as well as in two European Countries (Czech Republic and Bosnia Herzegovina) for media, NGOs and government representatives. Currently we are holding online trainings. At the same time, the book “Data Journalism” has been translated and posted on the web page.

Farman Nabiyev said that this book, which many authors contributed, is an indispensable source for anyone who is interested in Information Jounalism and who works for it. Ramin Jabiyev, a representative of Mingachevir Media Center, demonstrated how the diagrams and tables transformed into content by using a database through the knowledge gained in Mingachevir and Prague.

Jamila Musayeva, Head of Economics Department of Mingachevir State University, participating at discussion, said that, in essence, the funds provided by the media can be used by teachers and media as well: Throughout the learning process, our teachers are organizing lectures with visual, innovative teaching methods, using open data portals. I find it more enjiyable to draw the attention of the students, with comparison to tiring lectures. I think that this book can be used as a textbook in the future”.

The Head of the Mathematics Department, Mohubbat Ahmadov, said that the book presented under the name of “Data Journalism” should be understood as the use of SCT in the journalistic field: Here, we are talking about getting, storing and transmitting the results using internet technologies over the data. As shown in the presentation, informatics, animations, and various templates provide a quick solution to the problem, and I think that, in the new standards of modern education, it may be possible to consider them, using Data Mining, BIG Data, and other intelligent data analysis methods in order to achieve significant results”.

Mohubbat Ahmadov underlined that the students of the university are actively involved in various projects related to Mingachevir Media Center: “Our two-day meetup exercises were very useful for our students, and I hope that such trainings will be interesting for our teachers and students as well”.

Elnur Khalilov, director of the Center for Information Communication at Mingachevir State University, suggested that it would be more appropriate to start such a method at the secondary school level: “Many secondary schools think that ICT is only a computer connection, but young generation should be aware of application programs when coming to university”.

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