AP to include Data Journalism Best Practices in 2017 Stylebook


This week, The Associated Press (AP) announced a renewed commitment to data driven journalism through the help of a $400,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The Associated Press has already made great strides in helping news organizations apply data to their work; with more resources they have the potential to help create a standard for better data journalism and support stronger, more informed communities into the future, ” stated Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation Director for Journalism.

Significantly, an addendum will be added to the 2017 edition of the AP Stylebook, providing editorial guidance for data driven journalism. As the leading stylebook for journalists and newsrooms, inclusion of data best practices in the 2017 edition will provide an avenue for consistent industry standards and higher quality data reporting across the board. 

The Knight Foundation grant will also be used to employ additional data journalists, provide more localized datasets to newsrooms, and create an online portal where market-specific information can be downloaded.

According to Lauren Easton, Media Relations Manager at AP, "the goal is to bring data journalism to more newsrooms and enable them to make greater use of data in their reporting, while better informing the public".

You can watch the announcement here.