Access to information builds more civic engagement with government, but it also promotes political discourse, which is where the media play. That’s when they stop being reporters and become analysts and arbitrators. It forces journalists to evolve. Perhaps the role of the media is to become what experts call “sense makers” – the people who make sense of the overwhelming flood of information we’re forced to contend with daily.
According to Columbia Journalism Review, data journalism aims to serve the same fundamental purpose of any other well-reported story. Be it an interactive, simple table or beautifully designed chart, data journalism should inform, challenge, and question. As a result, data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field and every week, new data management solutions are being deployed and stories are being told. Enjoy!
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London 2012 and data journalism: what did we learn at the Olympics? – At its essence, this is the gathering of stories from data. It’s more than just producing a few charts – data visualization is often the expression of data journalism, but the process of digging through the data to find the stories that matter, that is at its heart. And if data journalism is about anything, it’s about turning that corner and telling that story.
Between the Spreadsheets – Numbers have always informed reporting. But in the last couple of years, the appetite for big data, coupled with a willingness to experiment with how to present this information, has led to an eruption of visualized narratives and rich data explorations. One of the main things that make something excellent in the data visualization world is whether a user can decipher the numbers immediately upon opening the infographic.
How to create interactive maps: Applications now open for new online course in Spanish – The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will be offering a four-week online course on “The Production of Interactive Maps,” an introductory training program for journalists interested in learning digital tools for data analysis and visualization. Those enrolled will learn how to analyze geospatial data and build dynamic, interactive maps.
The billion-dollar question: What is journalism for? – The advent of the web and social tools like blogs and Twitter and Facebook has disrupted virtually every aspect of the media industry, from books to movies. We are awash in metrics, and we have the ability to engage with readers at scale in ways that would have been impossible (or impossibly expensive) in an analog world. The problem now is figuring out which data to pay attention to and which to ignore.
How data journalism could save the media – By digitizing content, adding geo-tags and other metadata and opening the archives of data to third parties for development, traditional media outlets can engage in revenue share models where their existing data can be “repurposed”. According to the article, “There’s a need for new revenue streams – from syndicating original content to creating robust data services that disaggregate and atomize content into raw data so that it is platform agnostic.”
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