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ARTICLE: Data journalism relies on an illusion of choice

Top ranked Nordic data journalism is paternalistic in nature, Ester Appelgren, of Södertörn University, writes. Appelgren analysed 31 data journalism stories nominated for the Nordic Data Journalism Awards in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The author analysed the stories’ features according to the level of control the readers have over the story. For example, clicking on … Continued

VIDEO: Data journalism implications

Florian Stalph, Research Associate at the University of Passau talked to us about his research. He told about his research about data journalism implications. Stalph is also interested in data driven teams in newsrooms. The interview was filmed at the ECREA 2016 conference in Prague.

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NODA17: A few picks from the Nordic data journalism conference

The Nordic Data Journalism conference 2017 starts on Friday 27 January in Odense, Denmark. The main event focuses on focuses on the practical side of data journalism. There is also an academic track on Friday, presenting the latest research on the topic. Here are a few picks from the academic programme. At 10.55, Carl-Gustav Lindén … Continued

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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