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When nerds and words collide
In 1999, Nora Paul organized a gathering at The Poynter Institute of a group of journalists who were on the cutting edge of computer-assisted reporting at the time.
The result was a short book titled "When Nerds and Words Collide," featuring chapters from many leaders in data-driven journalism. It also details the beginning of what is now the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting.
1989 was a watershed moment for CAR, Paul writes, but a decade later progress on some fronts had stalled. The issues raised by these journalists nearly 15 years ago are many of the same ones facing journalists today:
- Defining what we do in terms of objectives instead of tools, clarifying the vision and figuring out how to brand and sell it
- Promoting social science principles into daily practice of journalism
- Incorporating CAR into all beats
- Getting buy-in from top editors and overcoming the cultural lag in the newsroom
- Creating a structure to collect/analyze data and share it with reporters, making CAR tools easier to use for reporters
- Rethinking education: What should we expect from new journalists?
Posted with permission from Nora Paul and The Poynter Institute.