Community media in Kyrgyzstan

Country/area: Kyrgyzstan

Organisation: Community media in Kyrgyzstan

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 16/11/2021

Credit: Kasiet Kubanychbek kyzy, Zyinat Samar kyzy


Authors are beginner-data journalists within this genre and have started to work with data analysis and storytelling since applied Internews Data Journalism Program for a one year (2021).   Kasiet Kubanychbek kyzy and Zyinat Samar kyzy gained new knowledge and skills to produce more deep publications explaining through data and focusing mostly for rural audience in Kyrgyzstan.

Project description:

The story about contaminated water and related diseases that it carries. The journalists’ research demonstrated that many villages have 60-70-year-old water systems that have not be repaired, allowing poisonous heavy metals to contaminate water used by millions of locals. Many villages located in the country’s South have no water system at all.

Impact reached:

This story was published on Azattyk website and could reach various audience both rural and nationwide.

Techniques/technologies used:

Journalists used required information from State Bodies, analyzed them and set mapping through Flourish.

What was the hardest part of this project?

Journalists demonstrated that diseases, including Hepatitis A, depending of access to clean water, as Kyrgyzstan is a country of mountains, water resources and icehouses. Journalists were encouraged by one of the first data-journalists John Snow which developed a mapping of cases of Cholera in London to define the source of contamination.

What can others learn from this project?

Collect data from State Bodies to develop the story, and prove correlations not only based on math’s approach but also in fact.

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