What is Data Journalism?

Several perspectives exist on what Data Journalism means. In the simplest of terms, it is "obtaining, reporting on, curating and publishing data in the public interest.” No less an authority than Tim Berners-Lee, reckons that Data-driven journalism is the future of media. What is clear is that Data Journalism represents a rapidly emerging paradigm in investigative journalism, providing a modern approach to storytelling that makes use of the overwhelming abundance of sources of publicly accessible, authoritative data, together with compelling new tools and techniques for data visualization and analytics.

Data journalism is both science and art, and an essential capability for today’s journalists and media houses hoping to stay current and relevant in the digital age. Media houses such as the Guardian , New York Times and the Gleaner’s digJamaica initiative are evolving into integrated Media companies that are pushing the envelope and exploring new emerging business models emerging with data journalism.

DevCA 2013 explores this important topic in keeping with the rapidly growing importance of the media and journalists in exploiting the availability, as well as propagating the awareness, relevance and emerging impacts of Open Data. A special Data Journalism track will seek to inform and empower journalists, researchers and non-technical persons with the awareness and interest in utilizing data visualizations and a range of contemporary communications mechanisms in innovative and visual ways. This track will be facilitated through a partnership with one of the Caribbean’s premier media houses, and participation from one of the world’s foremost global media companies.

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