The state of data in newsrooms: Findings and recommendations

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As part of Melody Kramer’s fellowship last fall, she has written a report detailing information gathered from speaking with journalists and newsrooms across North Carolina about how they use data or would like to use data. You can read a condensed version of her report on the Carolina Data Desk, which is part of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media‘s Reese Innovation Lab, and funded by the Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media.

Her work gives insights into the challenges and opportunities for journalists and newsrooms who work in data-driven local news environments, and identifies gaps and opportunities for the Data Desk to serve a series of diverse audiences whose needs are not currently being met. Kramer interviewed journalists and civic hackers both inside and outside of North Carolina. Many of her recommendations are applicable to local newsrooms, as well as universities, foundations, and non-profits that work with journalists across the country, and are detailed in the report. Names and organizations have been made anonymous for privacy reasons.

Read the report at the Carolina Data Desk