While traditional media continue their difficult decline, a cadre of the most innovative reporters, from Afghanistan to the Amazon, are quietly transforming journalism by harnessing the power of open data. Working in collaboration with civil society groups and governments, they are applying new digital tools to increasingly available data troves to tell stories via powerful interactive graphics. As a result, they are increasing transparency and empowering communities.
In Brazil, for instance, Infoamazonia.org was one of the first efforts to create a cross-border map of data on environmental exploitation combined with journalist and citizen coverage. The site paints a detailed picture of the forces behind environmental degradation in the Amazon.