Data revolution brought with it the risk of confusion, misinterpretation and inaccessibility. How do you know where to look? What is credible or up to date? Official documents are often published as uneditable pdf files for example – useless for analysis except in ways already done by the organisation itself.
The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask. Technical skills and design needed but can be built upon. Not all data is interesting. Need to have a nose for data to learn what will be good for a data driven story. Raw data is just numbers without the design to make it beautiful.
You need to see patterns and connections that matter in the data. You need to orientate your audience, take them on a journey. Data is abstract. You need to contextualize to understand what it means. Need to make it relevant. If you make it beautiful/interesting everyone will love it. We’re saturated with data. Data is the new soil. Visualizations are the earthy blossoms!
These are early days but we can see that journalism is changing.
- The web data revolution – a new future for journalism?
- What is a Data Journalist?
- Isn’t information is beautiful?