What is Data Journalism?
Data journalism finds meaning in sources of data. A data journalist learns to spot patterns, analyze trends and make investigations that result in news stories. The data journalist applies his/her news sense to what is often hidden in mountains of data, uncovering stories important to the community.
Data journalism is a response to two important trends in the media: the decline of the media as a source of breaking news due to the rise of social media and the rise of data as a vital source of information to understand our world.
Successful early data projects have shifted the tone from he-said, she-said sound-bytes to solid data sources that have inspired journalists, civil society organizations and governments to pool their efforts, and their data. This makes it easier for journalists to mine data, identify patterns and investigate the reasons behind these trends to cast a spotlight on development needs.