It’s been more than a year since The New York Times declared this The Age of Big Data, but for most Americans, the news really hit home on election night, 2012. Nate Silver’s uncannily accurate predictions about how the presidential race would turn out made him one of the most talked about people of the campaign, even in media circles,…
Journalism has been evolving away from just a repetition of facts or events and towards context and analysis, research shows — but this evolution has also created tension for media companies because it conflicts with the principle of objectivity.
While the big theme of the 2012 NICAR conference was data, data journalism and the new tools to collect, clean, analyze and publish it, the importance of ethics, storytelling and finding the truth was always present. Open source has also emerged as the glue that binds newsroom developers together, both across the United States and around the world.
Felix Salmon is right when he says that only journalists really care about who broke the news about a specific event — what really matters to readers is whom they trust to give them context and understanding