Alberto Cairo says data journalism needs to up its own standards | Nieman JLab ::stop trying to do it quick & easy::

Bad data

At first, the current popularity of the new wave of data journalism seemed to be a good antidote to the epidemic of hardball punditry and tomfriedmanism that has plagued the news for ages… But I have to confess my disappointment with the new wave of data journalism — at least for now. (Too many questions asked by such articles) are malarkey. Those stories may not be representative of everything that FiveThirtyEight, Vox, or The Upshot are publishing — I haven’t gathered a proper sample — but they suggest that, when you pay close attention at what they do, it’s possible to notice worrying cracks that may undermine their own core principles.

Read the full piece at Nieman Journalism Lab

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