Ways to bring data journalism into small newsrooms

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Data journalism is a powerful tool that allows journalists to tell stories using data and statistics. However, many small newsrooms may feel intimidated by the idea of incorporating data journalism into their reporting. Here are four ways to bring data journalism into small newsrooms:

  1. Start Small

The key to successfully incorporating data journalism into a small newsroom is to start small. Begin by identifying a specific issue or topic that you want to explore using data. Once you have a clear focus, gather data and begin analysing it to identify any trends or patterns.

  1. Collaborate

Collaborating with other journalists or data experts can help to bring data journalism into small newsrooms. Reach out to local universities, data visualisation firms, or freelance data journalists to find experts who can help you analyse data and create visualisations.

  1. Use Free Tools

There are many free tools available that can help small newsrooms incorporate data journalism into their reporting. For example, Google Sheets and Excel are powerful tools for organising and analysing data, while Tableau Public and Datawrapper can be used to create interactive visualisations.

  1. Focus on Storytelling

The most important aspect of data journalism is storytelling. Use data to uncover new angles and perspectives on issues that are important to your readers. Make sure to tell a compelling story that will capture their attention and help them understand the importance of the data.

Data journalism can be a powerful tool for small newsrooms to tell compelling stories and engage their audiences. By starting small, collaborating with experts, using free tools, and focusing on storytelling, small newsrooms can bring data journalism into their reporting and provide valuable insights to their readers.

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