The term ‘data journalism’ can cover a range of disciplines and is used in varying ways in news organizations, so it may be helpful to define what we mean by ‘data journalism’ at the BBC. Broadly the term covers projects that use data to do one or more of the following:
- Enable a reader to discover information that is personally relevant
- Reveal a story that is remarkable and previously unknown
- Help the reader to better understand a complex issue
So will the next generation of news sites have more interactivity? Will they let you get to the underlying data? Will they make it link to news and opinions related to other news sources?
What happens when the underlying data behind a news item becomes visible and powered by tools like the debate graph?