DATA JOURNALISM; the essential tool

Now a common fabric of journalism, Data Journalism (DJ), like all aspects in the realm of journalism practice, has to continuously adapt and keep up with the maturing digital market. This creates challenges for those invested in DJ but also excitement as it means innovation and creativity, ensuring journalism will continue to progress and adapt to its digital environment.

The creation of ‘Global Editors Network’, where ‘data journalists, editors and their teams’ come together, ensures exchanges of ‘best practice and new models’ will be shared internationally as well as challenges shared to overcome.

DJ requires updated ‘digital literacy’ by both the journalist and their audiences. Growing these skills can take time, and with digital media and technology changing rapidly, there is a greater need for us as students to be aware of these changes.


An additional challenge is the reluctance that exists by journalists to invest financially into DJ, carrying out journalistic practice that truly enters into the more deep-rooted issues of inequalities in their countries, especially those in developing countries. The counter argument though is that there are journalists who are transforming traditional journalism, and embracing DJ to uncover ‘corruption and mismanagement hidden just below the surface and citizens are hungry for accountability’.

Data journalism provides transparency to its citizens. Just recently, Ben Wellington, a ‘quantitative analyst’ revealed that the NYPD had been issuing parking fines to cars that were legally parked. His investigative analysis brought up several other issues, including questions of ‘open data’ but also demonstrated the power that is held by a data-driven investigative journalist and what difference they can make to citizens along with consumers purchasing decisions.




Visit site, bookmark. Visit site, bookmark. Visit site, bookmark. *My knee jerk reaction to the topic of innovative journalism.


I’m that naïve Advertising and PR student that does not have her eye on the ball and instead is what communications specialists would refer to as ‘mainstream’ and definitely not ‘in the know’.

It is slightly embarrassing to admit but I’d honestly never been on the websites techcrunch or mashable, am I committing commutations suicide or can I still salvage my career?


These sites and others alike are vital sources of information, especially for journalists, PR and media specialists, informing and educating on new technology and innovations.

While not all articles would be relevant to me, there are articles, such as the evaluation of the online shopping tool on Facebook that could help me in the PR world when figuring out strategies for specific campaigns. Since reading the article it just confirms how this platform is still unused and at the moment, not regarded as a vital platform to utilise for clients to promote their consumer products.

‘In industrial economies, innovation is key’.  Nordfors (2004) article discusses how innovation within society depends solely on the interaction and shared knowledge between different professions, hence the need for ‘innovation journalism’. Their combined efforts to release new information help contribute to greater productivity and growth. Journalists might not be able to understand all aspects of the information provided by the legal or business industry, but the media can set the agenda and can make it relevant to that particular target audience that should be informed.

If I take anything from this class, it is that I now have my head out of the sand and can be a greater contributor to my organisation by providing innovative information and knowledge that makes me the one that is ‘in the know’.


Should Tech Website Stick Exclusively To Tech Journalism?




Yes, we’ve read about “BuzzFeed envy” that Matt Saccaro talked about in his article for Salon. BuzzFeed, as we all know, has been all over the internet for the past few years, dishing out a wide array of contents that (almost) always go viral.

Certainly, in the current online media landscape, where news websites are trying really hard to churn out as much content as possible, everyone is trying to be the next BuzzFeed. I mean, who doesn’t? With little content and clickbait titles (yes, I’m looking at 18 Cats Who Waited All Day For You To Get Home) they can generate thousands, even millions, of shares on Facebook and Twitter. And those shares eventually generate revenue in the form of advertisements and sponsored contents.

Now as we all know tech websites such as TechCrunch and Mashable have a very niche target audience. However, in the increasingly tough competitions where even Mashable had to layoffs some of their staffs, the change of content is surely needed.


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Yep, clickbaits



As you’ve seen above, Mashable has shifted their focus from a tech website, into a mesh of tech/pop culture/lifestyle/news website. Even The Verge has strayed from specifically talking about technology and gadgets and includes culture on their website.

I personally see that these changes are necessary. Of course, you don’t have to be like BuzzFeed, but to include other categories of news means that your website has a bigger chance of survival in the current online media landscape. When Nordfors (2004) mentioned ‘Innovation Journalism’ includes business news or even general daily news, then surely these other contents are equally important for the consumers as well.

Then, what are your thoughts on this? Should tech websites be exclusively dedicated to tech, or shouldn’t they?


Change the image of News! Tech website take the cake!

“Innovation Journalism” is journalism about innovation (which is not the same as “innovative journalism”, which is about innovations in journalism). Innovation Journalism covers technical, business, legal and political aspects of innovations and innovation systems. With the rapid development with economy and society,there is a growing demand for information and knowledge.  Journalism has been not confined to business or political Reports nowadays, also focus on technology or culture.

Guokr (which means Nutshell, name from THE UNIVERSE IN A NUTSHELL wrote by Stephen Hawking) is a popular Chinese technology journalism website. At first Guokr aimed to become the Chinese Discovery. But now they have broken a new way of their own. The website contains three parts,  including MOOC academy, Knowledge community and Rumor buster. Guokr releases new technology information and provides a wide communicative platform for geek. What really makes Guokr is Rumor buster. In this section, Guokr republish some hot issues from other website and social media which may spread the wrong scientific information. Then through expert interviews, scientific experiment and technological knowledge to break the rumor.


Innovation Systems create value, and people in them can get rich by knowing who needs what, who said what about who, what is cooking, and what to avoid. Guokr actually achieve this value. It provides a information exchange platform. Audience can post their own opinions or questions, and they will get feedback from researchers from various fields. In this website you can get knowledge as a student, you also can spread knowledge as a teacher.

Nordfors, D 2004, ‘Why we need innovation journalism, and where it may have a market’, The First Conference on Innovation Journalism, Vol.3, No.1, Pp. 1-14.