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Data journalism

What differentiates data journalism from other forms of journalism is the reliance on quantifiable information, either in terms of the raw material used in the course of reporting, or in the presentation of the journalism to readers, or both. Data journalism often incorporates skills and tools common to statisticians, scientists, or software developers. For that reason, many reporters and editors consider data journalism to be daunting and intimidating. The reality is that anyone can learn basic skills and put them to use right away.

Big Picture A primer on data journalism

For the uninitiated, data journalism can feel like “someone else’s job” and getting started can be awfully intimidating. But the truth is using data to tell better and more important stories is critical today, and data journalism is a necessary skill for every reporter and for every beat.

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