data journalism
n. Journalism that uses statistics, programming, and other digital data and tools to produce or shape news stories.
Other Forms
Nate Silver relaunched his data-driven blog, FiveThirtyEight, this week under the auspices of ESPN as a full-blown data journalism site covering sports, politics, economics, science, and culture with a masthead of about 20. Silver introduced the new site with a manifesto for his style of data journalism, outlining a four-step process of collection, organization, explanation, and generalization and critiquing traditional journalism for its poor job of approaching anecdotes and data, particularly on the latter two steps.
We probably don’t need to tell readers of the Datablog that it's the golden age of data journalism, but we'll give you some ammunition for the next time you have to convince data sceptics….

Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb … quotes a tweet from New York Times data journalist and developer Derek Willis that most of the data was not going to make waves.
—Kevin Anderson, “The golden age of data journalism,” The Guardian, May 28, 2009
2008 (earliest)
But I fancy myself as someone who has farmed the fields of "data journalism" and, in fact, I think I have done it in a way that has not quite been done in such manner before. So what the reader finds here are not just recollections, but also serried ranks of fact upon fact in the attempt to paint a political portrait that is both readable and realistic.
—Ben J. Wattenberg, “Fighting Words,” Macmillan, July 08, 2008
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