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Data Journalism

Data Journalism is a type of journalism where reporters make use of large databases to produce stories. This reflects the increased role that numerical data is used in the production and the distribution of information, and the increased interaction between journalists and fields such as design, computer science, and statistics. The use of data journalism helps tell a complex story through the use of infographics and data visualizations.

Data journalism has been widely used to connect several concepts and relate them to journalism. It is often seen as having a number of stages leading from simple to complex uses of new technologies in the journalist process.

The areas covered by data journalism include:

  • Computer-assisted reporting and data-driven journalism (journalists make use of large databases to produce stories)
  • Infographics
  • Data visualization
  • Interactive visualization
  • Taking interaction a step further
  • Database journalism (pieces of information are organized in a database)