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The promise of computational journalism

Flew, Terry, Spurgeon, Christina L., Daniel, Anna, & Swift, Adam Glen (2012) The promise of computational journalism. Journalism Practice, 6(2), pp. 157-171.

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Abstract

Computational journalism involves the application of software and technologies to the activities of journalism, and it draws from the fields of computer science, the social sciences, and media and communications. New technologies may enhance the traditional aims of journalism, or may initiate greater interaction between journalists and information and communication technology (ICT) specialists. The enhanced use of computing in news production is related in particular to three factors: larger government data sets becoming more widely available; the increasingly sophisticated and ubiquitous nature of software; and the developing digital economy. Drawing upon international examples, this paper argues that computational journalism techniques may provide new foundations for original investigative journalism and increase the scope for new forms of interaction with readers. Computer journalism provides a major opportunity to enhance the delivery of original investigative journalism, and to attract and retain readers online.

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ID Code: 45743
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: computational journalism, data-based reporting, data visualisation, citizen journalism, ubiquitous computing
DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2011.616655
ISSN: 1751-2786 (Print), 1751-2794 (Online)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Journalism Practice, 6(2), (in press)]. [Journalism Practice] is available online at informaworld
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2011 08:48
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 00:10

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