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ARTICLE: Ethical issues in data journalism

The use of big data in journalism has many ethical pitfalls, which may cause an unfortunate backlash against the practice, write David Craig and Mohammad Yousuf, both of the University of Oklahoma, with Stan Ketterer, of Oklahoma State University (names not in original order). The authors analysed three discussion threads pertaining to data journalism ethics … Continued

REPORT: Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2017

New Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism report “Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2017” is now published. This year’s key developments will centre on fears about how changing technology is affecting the quality of information and the state of our democracy, writes Nic Newman, the author of the report and a research associate … Continued


CFP: Data and journalism

The Data Power 2017 conference is now accepting paper and session proposals. The conference will be hosted by the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, on 22nd and 23rd of June 2017. The conference is interdisciplinary and will deal with various aspects relating to data such as governance, activism, and social life. Among the topics suggested … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists use statistics often, but poorly

The way statistics are used in journalism is in most cases inadequate, write Stephen Cushion, Justin Lewis, and Robert Callaghan, all of Cardiff University. The authors analysed nearly seven thousands UK news stories on television, radio, and the internet. Over one-fifth (22 per cent) of the analysed news made reference to statistics. In some subject … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism students need better statistics education

Journalism students would benefit from a statistics course specifically tailored for future journalists, Justin D. Martin, of Northwestern University in Qatar, argues. Martin surveyed all four-year journalism programs in the US in order to find out how many offered this kind of courses. Only 19 per cent of American journalism programs require their students to … Continued

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EVENT: Computation + Journalism symposium presentations online

Stanford University held a two-day symposium on 30 September and 1 October titled “Exploring the interface between journalism and computing”. The Computational + Journalism symposium gathered together academics and industry people to talk about journalism and algorithms, including topics such as election deception, visualisations and machine learning. The presentations from the conference were recorded and are available online. … Continued

CFP: Data journalism, its practices and products

The next Nordic Data Journalism Conference (NODA2017) is looking for paper proposals. The conference will combine both academic and practical content and is open to both scholars and practitioners. The event itself will take place in Odense, Denmark, on the 27th and 28th of January 2017. The call for papers lists the following suggestions for … Continued

Data and the cultural shift in journalism – Paul Bradshaw interview

VIDEO: Data and the cultural shift in journalism

Paul Bradshaw, the course leader in Online Journalism at the Birmingham City University talks about the cultural shift in journalism fueled by different data-related movements. He also talks about power in society and holding data accountable. Finally, Bradshaw shares his tips for beginning data journalists: starting with something small, learning spreadsheets and statistics, experimenting and … Continued