Call for papers: How are educators rising to the challenge of teaching data journalism skills?


Data journalism is blazing new trails through the media landscape, tackling big issues, illuminating social patterns and exposing connections, but doing it requires skills additional to the usual journalistic canon.

How are journalists finding ways to interrogate and present data stories? How are educators rising to the challenge of teaching data journalism skills? This special issue of Asia Pacific Media Educator aims to document the new ideas and approaches being embraced by journalists and educators.

Submissions are welcome from journalists and educators experimenting with and pioneering approaches to storytelling using large and small data sets. We are seeking commentaries of 2000 - 4000 words and research articles of up to 6000 words.

New approaches include infographic journalism, data scraping and cleaning, hacking and hunting for information on the dark web, as well as fostering understanding of statistics and quantitative literacy.

Authors are invited to explore themes including, but not limited to:

  • Applied research on data journalism teaching strategies
  • Applied research about experiences teaching with various software packages
  • Theoretical approaches to data analysis
  • Coding in the context of teaching data journalism
  • Content analysis about data journalism in practice
  • Infographics as a journalistic medium
  • Geodata and story-maps
  • Data journalism in the pacific media
  • Ethical issues in data journalism
  • Data journalism and social media
  • The hidden web and the search for data
  • Data scraping
  • Data cleaning
  • The use of algorithms in journalistic research
  • Government responses to data scrutiny
  • Presenting narratives with data journalism

The special edition will be published in June 2018. Please send abstracts or expressions of interest by December 14 to the guest editor .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The due date for articles and commentaries is 30 January 2018.

Find out more here.

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