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Why and how journalists can embrace data in their reporting

As data becomes a ubiquitous resource in the modern world, being able to use, understand, and report with data is “table stakes” for many news organizations. As such, newsrooms must become familiar with the language, tools and skills associated with data, including numeracy, statistics, and how data plays a strategic role in the editorial and business decisions newsrooms face.

Data journalism isn’t new, but it is more accessible than ever before. The history of data journalism is closely associated with accountability journalism and the rise of computer-assisted reporting. Because of that, data journalism has acquired the patina of a specialty inaccessible to more reporters and editors. The tools of data journalism, however, have never been easier to acquire and learn. This extensive report details the history of data journalism, the present state of the field, and ways reporters and editors can bring data journalism into their organizations.