Study on Data Journalism in Tamilnadu & the Challenges Faced by Journalists


Authors : Aiswarya Lakshmi

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 6 - June

Google Scholar : http://bitly.ws/9nMw

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DOI : 10.38124/IJISRT20JUN715

When Digital technology brought online journalism and new practices into newsrooms that made a huge impact on Indian newsrooms articles that lead to different perspective stories which gave a lot of space for creativity, this allowed every citizen to become online journalist that was a great milestone in digital evolution. But, when the news credibility in online journalism gradually fell, many journalist and publishers worried that admired principles of news reporting, experience and intuition might decline or even disappear. On the other hand, they fail to realise that this will empower journalists to use numbers to tell stories with fewer anecdotes, more reliability and to cover challenging invisible stories. Journalism has always involved numbers and data analysis was also a part of it. Then a new practice, “Data journalism” sparked in the newsroom that involves data to find a story and create visualizations which are not a very easy process in the newsroom. Howard (2014) in his study mentioned that 21st century was a change for mobile computing that lead to increases in online connectivity, access, speed and an explosion in data creation that completely changed the landscape for computer-assisted reporting. Another study by Parasie and Dagiral (2012) argued that data journalism comes into light because of hacker culture, initially, the hackers deal with the open-source and open government with some political values, which injects a new culture into the newsrooms. When we look at the national context there are many challenges to adapt in India newsrooms and confusion about its role and importance in the field of journalism. The major focus of this research is to find the complications faced by journalists while incorporating data into their news organization. The sample consisted of data journalists from various parts of India

Keywords : Data journalism, Newsroom, Data, Journalists.

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