[ddj] new report from CIMA on data journalism & media development

Tara Susman-Peña tarasusmanpena at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 19:30:43 UTC 2014

New report of interest:
Understanding Data: Can News media Rise to the Challenge? by Tara
Susman-Peña, senior research officer for the Internews Center for
Innovation and Learning.


Worldwide, data in digital form is being produced at a dizzying pace, not
only by governments, academic institutions, and private enterprises
gathering it for their own uses but also as a by-product of millions of
routine interactions on computers, cellphones, GPS devices, and other
digital tools. Data is rapidly exploding in quantities far vaster than the
capacity of civil society, commercial entities, and individual citizens to
make sense of it. This presents an opportunity for news media to play an
important role in helping to analyze and digest all this information
through the practice of data journalism, also referred to as
“computer-assisted reporting,” “data-driven journalism,” or “precision
journalism.” It also presents an opportunity for the media development
sector to have a notable impact on human development by equipping
journalists and media institutions with the ability to make sense of data
for citizens. The report examines the implications of the rise of data
journalism for the media development field.
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