challenges in the field of Data Journalism 	
	

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
Grüezi mitenand!	
	

• 
• 

Hille van der Kaa	
Twitter: @Hillevanderkaa	

• 

Researcher Data Journalism at Tilburg
Univer...
what is data journalism?
Data journalism is a journalism specialty
reflecting the increased role that numerical
data is used in the production and
...
computer
assisted
reporting	
	

big data
driven
journalism	
	

automated
algorithmic
storytelling	
	

	
past	

	
present	
...
1952	
The Univac was used by
CBS to predict the result
of the 1952 presidential
election.	
	
With a sample of just 1%
of t...
Computer-assisted reporting describes
the use of computers to gather and
analyze the data necessary to write
news stories....
1967
1992
entering the jungle of Big Data	
an ‘information explosion’ that
generates exabytes of data every year	
for example: info ...
velocity	

volume	

•  data comes in
quickly through
multiple sources
(online systems,
social media
etc.)	

•  from teraby...
data journalism 	
=	
the craft of finding stories	
into complex datasets
computer assisted reporting	
data-driven journalism	
database journalism	
automated journalism
data-driven journalism	
data-driven journalism is a process
whereby journalists build stories using
numerical data or data...
database journalism	
database journalism or structured
journalism is a principle in information
management whereby news co...
 challenge 1	
the line between activism and journalism has become
even fuzzier in the digital age	
	
growing interest in i...
 challenge 2	
when does a study, or dataset, constitute as a reliable
source for a news story? 	
	
what does a journalist ...
 challenge 3	
how to analyze all these data?	
	
data journalism = social science?	
	
	
	
  
	
  
	
  

	
  
challenge
only skilled data analysts can bridge the
gap between data and knowledge, and
find the stories underneath	
a new set of sk...
ability to select data from a broad range of data sources	
	
ability to analyze and abstract data from a scientific perspe...
all journalists = data journalists	
	

	
NO	
	
But....
future journalist need to know 	
	
(at least a little bit…)	
	
about data 	
	
and algorithms
computer assisted reporting	
data-driven journalism	
database journalism 	
automated journalism
all journalists = data journalists	
	

	
NO	
	
But....
journalism, as one of the key professions
specialized in making information visible
and accessible to large audiences, 	
	...
Widerluege!
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist
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Storytelling in a digital age - challenges of a Data Journalist

  1. 1. challenges in the field of Data Journalism PAST PRESENT FUTURE
  2. 2. Grüezi mitenand! •  •  Hille van der Kaa Twitter: @Hillevanderkaa •  Researcher Data Journalism at Tilburg University Professorship Media, an interdisciplinary institute of journalism, ICT, communication, arts & economics at Fontys University of Applied Sciences • 
  3. 3. what is data journalism?
  4. 4. Data journalism is a journalism specialty reflecting the increased role that numerical data is used in the production and distribution of information in the digital era. It reflects the increased interaction between content producers and several other fields such as design, computer science and statistics. (Poynter institute, 2011)  
  5. 5. computer assisted reporting big data driven journalism automated algorithmic storytelling past present future
  6. 6. 1952 The Univac was used by CBS to predict the result of the 1952 presidential election. With a sample of just 1% of the voting population it famously predicted an Eisenhower landslide while the conventional wisdom favored Stevenson.
  7. 7. Computer-assisted reporting describes the use of computers to gather and analyze the data necessary to write news stories. Collectively this has become known as computer-assisted reporting, or CAR.  
  8. 8. 1967
  9. 9. 1992
  10. 10. entering the jungle of Big Data an ‘information explosion’ that generates exabytes of data every year for example: info generated by open data government policies, digital archiving, and human interactions in social networks … … all these data tell stories
  11. 11. velocity volume •  data comes in quickly through multiple sources (online systems, social media etc.) •  from terabytes to petabytes (and more) of information variety complexity •  of data types (structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data) •  geographical and multi-data center data distribution, cloud computing
  12. 12. data journalism = the craft of finding stories into complex datasets
  13. 13. computer assisted reporting data-driven journalism database journalism automated journalism
  14. 14. data-driven journalism data-driven journalism is a process whereby journalists build stories using numerical data or databases as a primary material  
  15. 15. database journalism database journalism or structured journalism is a principle in information management whereby news content is organized around structured pieces of data, as opposed to news stories it focuses on the constitution and maintenance of the database
  16. 16.  challenge 1 the line between activism and journalism has become even fuzzier in the digital age growing interest in investigative news organisations that operate on a non-profit model some new players are producing to serve a particular agenda  
  17. 17.  challenge 2 when does a study, or dataset, constitute as a reliable source for a news story? what does a journalist need besides the data to create a trustworthy story? how to evaluate data? as a news source… or?      
  18. 18.  challenge 3 how to analyze all these data? data journalism = social science?        
  19. 19. challenge
  20. 20. only skilled data analysts can bridge the gap between data and knowledge, and find the stories underneath a new set of skills: advanced research methods + computational methods (data mining, data processing)
  21. 21. ability to select data from a broad range of data sources ability to analyze and abstract data from a scientific perspective ability to explore and detect abnormity in data familiarity with various data standards & the ability to convert ability to visualize data in graphics and text ability to transform data in a journalistic storyline
  22. 22. all journalists = data journalists NO But....
  23. 23. future journalist need to know (at least a little bit…) about data and algorithms
  24. 24. computer assisted reporting data-driven journalism database journalism automated journalism
  25. 25. all journalists = data journalists NO But....
  26. 26. journalism, as one of the key professions specialized in making information visible and accessible to large audiences, MUST BE at the forefront of the ‘data revolution’
  27. 27. Widerluege!

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