What is data driven journalism?
“Data journalism is obtaining, reporting on, curating and publishing data in the public interest.”
(Jonathan Stray, professional journalist and a computer scientist)
“Data driven journalism is a workflow that consists of the following elements: digging deep into data by scraping, cleansing and structuring it, filtering by mining for specific information, visualizing it and making a story.”
(Mirko Lorenz, information architect and multimedia journalist)
“Data journalism is [...] the convergence of a number of fields [...] - from investigative research and statistics to design and programming.”
(Paul Bradshaw, data journalism trainer and writer)
Why is data driven journalism important?
According to World Wide Web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, data driven journalism will play an increasingly important role in journalism in the future. Developing the know-how techniques needed to use the available data more effectively, to understand it, and communicate and generate stories based on it, would present a huge opportunity to breathe new life into journalism. Journalists would be able to establish new roles for themselves as sense makers and make reporting more socially relevant. If done well, delivering credible information and advice could become a source of revenue, opening up new perspectives on business models outside the realm of subscriptions and advertising.
Whether it is EU spending data, development aid data or crime data, data driven journalism can facilitate public engagement with issues dealt with by public bodies and international organizations thus enriching the public debate around them.
How can you get started with data driven journalism?
Whether you are a journalist, student, developer, designer, open data specialist or simply interested in getting started with data driven journalism, this website will provide you with useful resources, including interviews, case studies, and tutorials for learning about data driven journalism and gaining the skills to practise it. The mailing list and the community page both provide the opportunity to get in touch with a cornucopia of data journalists, designers, developers, and others to exchange expertise and share knowledge of the best practices used in the field.
If you are a media publisher, public body, international organization, or statistical office interested in the potential of data driven journalism to enrich public engagement with the issues that you are dealing with, you can sign up to our mailing list to get in touch with an international community of data journalists and others interested in data driven journalism, or you can get in touch with us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).