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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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Databases, Stories, Databases

Databases, Stories, Databases

Narrative, Semantics, and Computational Journalism

(p.138) 6 Databases, Stories, Databases
Apostles of Certainty

C.W. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a history and overview of what is called “structured” journalism, journalism that grapples with a different conception of journalistic facts and the means by which these facts can be strung together to create news stories. Instead of using databases and social science methods to craft narratives, so-called computational or structured journalism turns narratives into databases; it creates structured data out of unstructured events and uses that structure to inform journalistic work and produce new news products. The chapter describes the findings of a field research project that looked at the computational journalism project Structured Stories, a structured journalism experiment in New York City, and then compares that experiment with similar projects at the BBC and to fact-checking organizations in the United States.

Keywords:   New York City, Objects, Politifact, semantic web, Structured Journalism

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