'Data trumps intuition every time’: Computational journalism and the digital transformation of punditry

McNair, Brian & Flew, Terry (2016) 'Data trumps intuition every time’: Computational journalism and the digital transformation of punditry. In Franklin, Bob & Eldridge II, Scott (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London. (In Press)


The rise of data journalism, as exemplified by much discussed initiatives such as Nate Silver’s 2012 US presidential election forecasts, has challenged the self-proclaimed status of mainstream political pundits as authoritative experts and exposed in rather stark manner the limits and flaws of journalistic commentary and prediction. At the same time, the rise of user-generated content in a variety of formats such as blogs and social media, globalized and accessed through digital channels, has produced a new ‘online commentariat’ of amateurs, semi-professionals, and activist-critics, often contesting the accuracy and relevance of professional journalists working on traditional platforms. This chapter explores the implications of those challenges for the concept of the journalist as privileged definer of meanings in a world of proliferating online sources of news and commentary. It will do this with particular reference to recent developments in Australian online journalism from both mainstream media and alternative sources.

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ID Code: 96345
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: journalism, media, culture, political communication
ISBN: 9781138887961
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Routledge
Deposited On: 27 Jun 2016 23:50
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 04:49

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