Lecture Notes

Lecture Five

What is Data Journalism?

Data journalism came long before modern times, and journalists have been wrestling data since 1821. Data journalism is the use of key information sets, data and reference elements in order to inform and visualise a story in a way that the audience will understand and enjoy it. It is not so much the presence of data and numbers itself, with the basic use of text or image, but it is an interactive map which helps clear the picture and make understanding more possible. Data journalism is about the real facts and conclusions drawn from visual representations, providing a destination to find the answer behind the story. It is a tool to find patterns and trends and to create some sort of structure.

These visualisations are not just of interest and striving curiosity amongst readers, but data journalism drives policy and evidence in public discourse.

The following is an example of data journalism: The London Olympics

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Reference: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/datablog/2012/aug/13/alternative-olympic-medal-table-winner-russia

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