Journalism in the Age of Data

How can journalists adapt to the data deluge? One way is to use tools and tricks “from computer science, researchers, and artists” (and, I hope, Information Science).

Geoff McGhee posted this video from Stanford. He writes:

Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays?

Infosthetics notes:

The covered topics are wide, but include contemporary issues like Visualization in Journalism, Telling “Data Stories”, Exploring Data or Technology and Tools. It was produced during the U.S. Knight Journalism Fellowship by Geoff McGhee, titled “Documenting emerging uses of data visualization”.

One thing I could not stop noticing while watching: the twinkle in people’s eyes while they talk about their work…

I also enjoyed watching these folks talk about their craft and how they do what they do. There are many points of discussion, but I’m curious — what is your takeaway from watching this documentary?

[Via Infosthetics.]

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