07 June, 2014

The Art and Science of Data-driven Journalism - Read the Bible of Modern Generation of Journalists

The Art and Science of Data-driven Journalism by Alexander Benjamin Howard

Alexander B. Howard

A Must Read Book published by Columbia Journalism School and TOW CENTER FOR DIGITAL JOURNALISM 

When journalists combine new technology with narrative skills, they can deliver context, clarity, and a better understanding of the world around us.

Recommendations and Predictions:

1. Data will become even more of a strategic resource for media.
2.  Better tools will emerge that democratize data skills.
3. News apps will explode as a primary way for people to consume data journalism.
4. Being digital first means being data-centric and mobile-friendly.
5. Expect more robo-journalism, but know that human relationships and storytelling still matter.
6. More journalists will need to study social science and statistics.
7. Data journalism will be held to higher standards for accuracy and corrections.
8. Competency in security and data protection will become more important.
9. Audiences will demand more transparency on reader data collection and use
10. Conflicts will emerge over public records, data scraping, and ethics.
11. Collaboration will arise with libraries and universities as archives, hosts, and educators.
12. Expect data-driven personalization and predictive news in wearable interfaces.
13. More diverse newsrooms will produce better data journalism.
14. Be mindful of data-ism and bad data. Embrace skepticism.

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