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Apostles of CertaintyData Journalism and the Politics of Doubt$
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C.W. Anderson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190492335.001.0001

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Context, Social Science, and the Birth of Precision Journalism

Context, Social Science, and the Birth of Precision Journalism

(p.84) 4 Context, Social Science, and the Birth of Precision Journalism
Apostles of Certainty

C.W. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter and the next tell the story of the major “hinge moment” in the development of data journalism in America—the birth of “precision journalism” and the work of Phil Meyer. The chapter argues that shifting ideas of the purpose of journalism school, the growth of the availability of public datasets, increased journalistic professionalism, and the hard work of Meyer himself all contributed to the mainstreaming of the use of data in journalistic work.

Keywords:   data, objectivity, Phil Meyer, Precision Journalism, RSF, social science

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