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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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Precision Becomes Data

Precision Becomes Data

(p.112) 5 Precision Becomes Data
Apostles of Certainty

C.W. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the larger mechanisms by which precision journalism was institutionalized after the 1970s, becoming “data journalism” in the process. The chapter argues that newsrooms played less of a role in its institutionalization than did cross-organization journalism groups like the National Institute For Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR). One consequence of the manner by which data journalism institutionalized was that it increasingly became an elite practice—in the subjects of its coverage, its techniques, and its practitioners.

Keywords:   data journalism, journalism school, NICAR, Pulitzer Prize

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