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I talk a bit about this in the data journalism chapter of the Online Journalism Handbook. I think it’s a qualitative and quantitative change: CAR was primarily about using spreadsheets and databases on datasets, locally on your computer.
DDJ is about the shifts to datasets and tools that are available via the network: it includes automation of process (e.g. scraping, querying APIs), it includes the expansion of ‘data’ beyond spreadsheets to include a vastly expanded range of digitised information: connections, images, audio, video, text. It includes the shift to using CAR for newsgathering to using DDJ techniques for the actual communication of the story: from interactive databases to live visualisation, data-driven tools and apps, and so on.
With the ubiquity of new tools, such as tools for data visualisation, should every journalist be a data journalist nowadays? Can every journalist adopt these skills?
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