I recently did a New Media Assignment on data-journalism.
I had to look for a report done by any NGO and produce a newa package based on it.
I used a report compiled by the Pardee Center for International Futures in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies.
Doing this assignment was yet another eye-opening experience. It was an eye-opening experience in the sense that it helped me understand the depth of some of the challenges we face as a country. Being told about the challenges we face is one thing, being reminded about them almost everyday is another. Both cases are very important as far as awareness is concerned. But seeing an in-depth report is both eye-opening and scary, all at the same time.
If there is one thing I did not enjoy about the assignment is the long read. Reports are very long, and understandably so. But going through multiple pages just to find one angle is one thing that would rank pretty low on my favourite things to do.
Having said that, as a journalist I know this is something I will have to deal with more often than not, especially in my first few years in the industry. So starting to familiarise myself with it is not the worse thing in the world.