ARTICLE: The ‘gold-standard’ in data-driven journalism

The emergence of data-driven journalism (DDJ) can be understood as journalism’s response to the datafication of society, write Wiebke Loosen, of Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research, Julius Reimer, of Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research and Fenja De Silva-Schmidt, of University of Hamburg. The article explores what is the ‘gold-standard’ in DDJ by analysing the pieces nominated for the … Continued

ARTICLE: Data journalism or electoral prediction?

Norman P. Lewis and Stephenson Waters examine how journalists convey the meaning of data journalism to their audiences. The focus of the study is on the words journalists have used publicly to describe data journalism and the prediction-defying elections in 2015 and 2016 in the United Kingdom and the United States. The authors conducted a content analysis … Continued

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ARTICLE: Acquiring digital capital is important but gendered

Digital capital, i.e. information and communication technology skills and knowledge, is important in the struggle for power in journalism, increasing journalists’ chances for recruitment and advancement. Sara De Vuyst and Karin Raeymaeckers, of Ghent University, conducted 24 interviews with a cross-national sample to find out whether and how digital capital is gendered in journalism. Digital … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists value research more than journalism educators do

It is more common for working journalists to think academic research is important to journalism than it is for journalism educators, write John Wihbey, of Northeastern University, and Mark Coddington, of Washington and Lee University. The authors surveyed 1 521 American journalists and journalism educators over their attitudes towards academic research and statistical literacy. Majority … Continued

REPORT: Artificial intelligence in the newsroom

The Associated Press has published a new report called “The Future of Augmented Journalism: A guide for newsrooms in the age of smart machines” written by Francesco Marconi, Alex Siegman and also a “Machine Journalist”. The report is the result of collaboration among the two authors and different artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The article captures … Continued

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ARTICLE: A portrait of data journalism research

Julian Ausserhofer and Michael Oppermann, both of University of Vienna, with Robert Gutounig, Sarah Matiasek and Eva Goldgruber, all of FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, have conducted a systematic review of research on data journalism (author names not in original order). The review covers the years 1996-2015, and it details the field’s most important … Continued

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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