Guest Editor’s Introduction
School of Arts and Humanities
The case for doing and teaching data journalism is clear. It’s a way for journalism to move beyond the drip of government spin and to utilize the bounty of the era of big data.
The case against it is that it’s hard. It requires a skill set that many journalists working in successful careers don’t have. Eyes therefore turn to the younger, next generation of journalists. However, unfortunately, the data journalism skills are something that many journalism educators don’t have, and with their courses still adjusting to growing pressure to make every student multiplatform proficient, it is a skill set that many see as a bridge too far, too hard, to pick up and cram into their courses. The case for doing and teaching data journalism stands, however, and so here we are.