Mass. Numbers: The democratization of data journalism

The democratization of data journalismA report on the MassINC Big Data and the Future of Journalism┬ápanel discussionby BRENT BENSONThe proliferation of interesting and easy-to-access internet-based data combined with fast computers and free or cheap analysis and visualization tools are democratizing and popularizing the field of data journalism. But what are the rules, parameters, and guidelines for this work which, like its name, bridges the worlds of data and statistics on one hand, and traditional journalism on the other?This was the subject of a fascinating panel discussion at Boston’s District Hall sponsored by MassINC, Google, WBUR, and the Knight Foundation. The introduction was given by the President of the MassINC Polling Group, Steve Koczela, who set the stage by giving an overview of the data journalism field and the work being done at the MassINC Polling Group. The debate was thoughtfully moderated by Northeastern professor and media commentator Dan Kennedy, who kept the discussion moving and asked important questions that allowed each of the panelists to provide their particular insight into this hard-to-nail-down subject area.

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