When we think of traditional news gatherers, we might conjure up the image of an obstreperous character brazenly hassling a slimy official for the real story -- or hovering paparazzi harassing a poor celebrity innocently shopping for handbags in...
Describes the growth and importance of Data Journalism in bringing informaton to life. Infographics and other visualisation techniques delivered with cutting and insightful narrative is the new and emergent paradigm for mainstream journalism.
Oner example cited in the piece is data on crime numbers -- public statistics provided by local police departments. The data is collected as part of the police force's daily operations, and it's published for anyone who bothers to look at it. It's pretty drab stuff -- numbers up, numbers down -- until a data journalist gets hold of it.
A data journalist will collect those numbers over time -- often delivered by the agency weekly or monthly, along with geographic coordinates like addresses. That let's the data journalist generate maps, visualisations, reports and adjectives for the neighborhoods within the agency's jurisdiction, thus letting readers keep current on local crime.
"Data journalism is a fast-developing field that has transformed investigative reporting across newsrooms for decades in the U.S. and more recently in the UK," said Minal Patel of City University London's the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Journalists can get a sense of how to get started with their own projects by consulting the Data Journalism Handbook.