[ddj] Journalism tech survey - we need your feedback

Maryam Salimi salimi1356 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 27 17:18:13 UTC 2017

hello Dear  

This is Maryam Salimi.  I defended my dissertation three days ago with a score of 19 out of 19 and the related results are presented in the news article below.  I would be grateful if you could publish it in your  media .


Thank you,

Marym Salimi

Tehran, Iran

The First Dissertation on “Data Journalism” in Iran Has Been Defended

Maryam Salimi defended her dissertation on the role of data journalism in online media. This is the first dissertation in Iran to cover this area of the media studies.
She dedicated her work to Iran’s journalism and said: “this dissertation is dedicated to Iran’s journalism which is in need of free publication and access to information”. 
“There are various factors including technological advances, audience’s need to access hidden data, the publishing economy, the development of the new generation, competitive environment because of the appearance of social media, media’s need to engage the audience as a limited source, the age of internet of objects, the grow of data and big data and free access to data has driven the media across the world to data journalism,” she stated about her main interest to this subject. 
She added, “To fulfil this need, we must understand the role of data journalism in media, particularly online media and try to enter this field and utilize its potentials”. 
“This research aims to study the role of data journalism in online media and is based on ‘Uses and Gratifications Theory’, ‘Expectation-Utility Theory’, ‘the Theory of Public Spheres’ and ‘Network Society Theory’. 
Salami pointed out her research methods included in-depth interview with 103 data journalism experts (30 countries in 5 continents) and case study (with a focus on UK Guardian data journalism). 
“In this study I have tried to answer 37 questions, 30 of which were main questions containing the role of data journalism in online media, the definition of data journalism, the role of big data in the future of data journalism and media interested in this field of journalism, media working with an expert data journalism team and leading countries in this field”.
“Based on the findings, the experts pointed out 11 main roles of data journalism including ‘journalistic’, ‘facilitation of interaction of the audience’, ‘visual’, ‘achieving democracy’, ‘credibility’ roles and highlighting other media’s interest in the field, counted online media as more successful implementing it”. 
“The interviewees believed that the future of data journalism is positive and the role of big data along the way is highly significant. Supporting the interests of the audience and media, influencing governments and aiding their interactions have been stated as some of data journalism effects. Guardian and New York Times were mentioned most as media who have data journalism teams and United Kingdom and the United States were mentioned most as the leading countries in this field.”
She added, “in the case study, reviewing 121 data journalism works of guardian demonstrates their disclosing and criticizing nature”.
“According to the results in a theoretical framework, data journalism can help the media play its critical role, gain the audience's gratification and help to revive the public sphere. In addition, data journalism, specially in the online sphere, helps media play their Fourth Estate role in a digital age, in the network society and aids calling to account the international/global power”. 
Maryam Salimi’s dissertation defense ended with recommendations about developing data journalism in Iran (particularly the importance of the cooperation of government, public and private organizations to present information through a publishing system and free access to information, education on data journalism, etc.). 
The defense was held in Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch and the attendees included Mohammad Soltanifar (advising professor), Younes Shokrkhah and Afsaneh Mozaffari (consulting professors), Shahnaz Hashemi, Nasim Majidi and Mehrdad Navabakhsh (examining jury) and Soroush Fathi (supervising professor) and other guests including Mr Mokhtarian, Giti Aliabadi, Kazemi Dinan, Heydar Mostakhdemin Hosseini, Ali Mazloumifar. 
The dissertation scored 19 out of 19.

Maryam Salimi
Infographics editor, journalist, Author and researcher (data journalism)

On Thu, 7/9/17, Erika Owens <erika at opennews.org> wrote:

 Subject: [ddj] Journalism tech survey - we need your feedback
 To: data-driven-journalism at lists.okfn.org
 Date: Thursday, 7 September, 2017, 15:54
     Hello DDJ list,
     I am new to this list, but have likely crossed paths
 with many of
       you at various data journalism related events. I work
       OpenNews and we have a survey right now to better
 understand the
       people who work at the intersection of journalism and
 tech. Would
       you take a few minutes to fill it out? https://www.research.net/r/
     The News Nerd Survey is made possible by the support
 of Google
       News Lab and the contributions of a community advisory
       including Soo Oh, John S. Knight Fellow; Jennifer Lee
 of Google
       News Lab; and Liam Andrew of The Texas Tribune.
     We're really curious to learn more about data
 journalists around
       the world -- how you got into this field, what you
 teams are like,
       where you might be able to us some support. We will
 share the
       results in early December and hope they will help
 members of the
       community advocate for policies that will make our
 work easier and
       our journalism better.
     If you could also help us spread the word to any
       colleagues--across the newsroom or that you know from
 events or
       lists--I would be so grateful. The survey closes on
 Saturday at
       11:59pm Eastern Time so any last minute help would be
     Thanks for your time and look forward to your
     -Erika Owens
     Erika Owens
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