What is data Journalism?

The use if key information sets, key data key references elements to inform a story

Professor Nigel Shabolt

“It’s not the existences data not just obtaining it it’s the processing that foes into it to work out what it tells you. You have to ask the right questions to get the right answers”

James Ball

  • Not confirmed by tent because you’re a newspaper
  • Interactive map
  • Clear pictures
  • Creates something understandable/enjoyable to the user

Professor Christoreoes Anagnostopoulos

“Recognition and power of measurement in helping conversations”

History of Data Journalism The Guardian


(History of Data Journalism at The Guardian, 2013)

1821 First edition “Manchester Guardian”

1901 Graphic made out of type (letters)

1916 October The battle of the somme

1938 The Manchester Guardian Commercial – Stacked proportional line chart

1943 The Manchester Guardian – Use of symbols represent 101

1957 November 10 The Observer -Paper becomes more visual, use of pictures and diagrams

2013 Guardian Datablog

The London Olympics


Data journalism in action: the London Olympics (The Guardian, 2013)

This interactive data visualisation was design by Garry Blight the piece tracked how richer countries could be penalised grabbed a lot of attention. With the need to be constantly updating day to day the use of google spreadsheets was implemented comparing all the different countries.

After viewing this weeks lectures it was interesting to see the development and history behind Data Visualisation through the Guardians early beginnings to where it is now. The insights of what Data Visualisation gain from the interviews was also particularly interesting as each had their slightly own take on it purpose of what it meant to them.


History of Data Journalism at The Guardian. (2013). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIa5EoxyvZI

The Guardian,. (2013). Data journalism in action: the London Olympics. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyjBJzigm0w


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