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Is There a Press Release on That? The Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data for News Media

  • Anthony Cawley
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Abstract

This chapter reflects on the growing importance of data to journalism. It highlights the fact that data journalists are developing innovative forms of news storytelling which not only engage audiences in novel ways, but also offer greater transparency to the editorial production process. It argues, however, that data journalism finds itself caught in a long-standing tension in news industries between the dual demands on news to serve the public good (maintaining an informed citizenry and acting as a watchdog on power) and succeed as a for-profit informational commodity. The chapter suggests that, so far, data journalism aligns more comfortably with the public good objectives of news than with its commercial imperatives, which may be a factor limiting its wider practice in news organisations.

Keywords

Data journalism Data-driven news Automated journalism News industries News narratives Informational commodity Public good Watchdog role Big Data Security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Cawley
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  1. 1.Department of Media and CommunicationLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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