The Guardian’s data journalism branch Datablog produces journalism that mostly adheres to traditional journalistic norms, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University and Soo-Kwang Oh, of William Paterson University. The authors looked at Datablog’s output from over six years, and conducted content analysis on a randomized sample of it.
The authors looked at factors such as news values, sources and presentation techniques. While longstanding journalistic tradition was heavily imprinted on much of the output (for example, textual format accompanied by an illustrative image), some departures were discovered. For example, Datablog’s pieces used ‘minimal’ personalization, the authors note.
The article Small departures, big continuities? was published by the journal Journalism Studies. It is freely available online.
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