Data & The Future of News:

It’s 2016 and we’re officially in the future. Considering non-stop innovations in technology, it seems as if the information overload in this age isn’t minimizing and data-driven journalism will never leave. These days, every genre of journalism has a role in scooping up the current state of our ever-changing society.

Living in a data driven world, its important to filter and visualize what the human eye can’t easily recognize. The use of data journalism, which refers to the use of data to write stories, has significantly increased within recent years. While adding value to traditional journalism practices, Briggs asserts that data-driven journalism are a part of a variety of tools that are valuable for making sense of the abundance of information that are looming in our everyday lives.

Organizational tools are vital and the first step in helping to keep track of important files. To get started on filtering the overflowing pool of data around us, Briggs recommends organizing aspects of personal life such as one’s contacts, to-do lists and emails. This can help streamline our professional lives. If you’re naturally a bit organized, he mentions creating spreadsheets for something you want to track job opportunities, books and even video games. Starting with an organized personal life could lead to a better career life, bringing order to your work.

On a professional note, Briggs notes how data journalism can be effective in helping journalists tell their stories by allowing audiences to make sense of subjects with broad contexts. Charts, polls and other forms of info-graphics are commonly used to illustrate a point that is aesthetically engaging and less emotionally charged than other forms of storytelling such as still photography. For example, in breaking news stories data journalism is important in staying on top of the latest stories.

Exploring local issues through numbers isn’t a fad that is fairly new. In a society where numbers have always been trusted, data has always played a role in the process of curating a story. Now that the internet has changed journalism, the nature of news-gathering has evolved and we must recognize and adjust to these changes.