Data Journalism.

Reading the first sentence of Paul Bradshaw’s “What is Data Journalism” that states “What is data journalism? I could answer, simply, that it is journalism done with data. But that doesn’t help much.” I thought that this was spot on. But like all the other readings I have read throughout my college career, there is always a deeper meaning. Data journalism is more than just numbers on a spreadsheet that are given out to the public via newspapers or magazine articles, but it makes the story come to life. Paul mentions that numbers are everywhere. They are a big part of our daily lives and to be able to include them in your stories is really just an extra way of supporting the information we are trying to convey. It can also help tell a story through infographics such as how many people are being affected in the UK by the immigration crisis. Or how many people in NY have bought the pizza rat costume for this years Halloween. Really data can be used in many different types of way. It can also be used for revealing a story’s central idea (think climate change) or provide us with a new camera lens into the lives of a certain country and they way they live (Syrians in Syria right now) Using data the job of journalists shifts its main focus from being the first ones to report to being the ones telling us what a certain development might actually mean. Using data transforms something that is complex into something simple that everyone can understand and relate to. In terms of why data journalism is important, I think that it makes people realize things. With the abundance of information at our fingers tips, we are allowed quick access to data/numbers that we would have no clue about if it weren’t for this. It makes people realize that effect of things much clearer, for example, being able to visualize the numbers of people being affected by a hurricane or the numbers of sexual assaults on a single college campus.


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