Lecture 5 – Part 1: What is Data Journalism?

So, what is data journalism according to the employees at The Guardian, London (one of their most popular newspaper company)?

Here are some of the key quotes I took away from the YouTube video.

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(The Guardian, 2013)

According to Rogers (2013),”Journalism is about telling a story using the power of data. He suggests that journalists are increasingly finding that the only way to get the best story now, is to involve techniques that statisticians would have used 10 years ago.”

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(The Guardian, 2013)

According to Professor Shadbolt (2013), “Data journalism is the use of key information sets, key data and key reference elements to inform a story.”

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(The Guardian, 2013)

Ball suggests (2013), “It allows you to create an interactive map and create a helpful, clear picture, which lets you tell a story in the way people receiving it will understand and enjoy.”

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(The Guardian, 2013)

According to Professor Anagnostopoulos (2013), “Data journalism is the recognition of the power of measurement in helping public conversations and public discourse in general.”

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(The Guardian, 2013)

According to McCandless (2013), “The Guardian had the first ever data blog and have a strong history in data visualisation. He suggests that data is becoming increasingly important because there is not only huge amounts of it, but also we have the and ability to analyse it, find patterns and reveal trends.”


This brief YouTube video was interesting to watch and listen to the different definitions around data visualisation from such professionals within the field.



The Guardian. (Writer and Producer). (2013). What is data journalism? [Motion Picture]. London: The Guardian YouTube.



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