Articles are interfaces
Making sense of data in journalism and how privacy, uncertainty and temporality are (or could be) collected and represented in written articles. Plan seminar with PhD Student Francesca Morini
In the last decades, data have become increasingly central in journalism. They are not simply used as source material anymore, but as core elements of journalistic stories: articles are written to accommodate and display data using a diverse set of strategies. The resulting articles are structured to combine words with interactive data-driven graphics and convey stronger and more convincing arguments. The datification of journalism has been at the core of scholarly debates. However, while the influence of data and technologies on journalistic practice has been attentively scrutinized, researchers have paid limited attention to the way in which articles are structured and enriched by the display of data. With this research, I intend to look at specific data settings and the ways in which journalists bend articles – as linear written work conveying facts and arguments – to accommodate them. To do so, I plan to investigate which roles are emerging within and beyond the newsroom. However, I will also move beyond observation to occupy an active position. By experimenting firsthand with possible narrative formats, data practices and visual outcomes, I will try to understand how complex phenomena and events are or might be conveyed to readers through data driven articles.
Francesca Morini is a research associate at the UCLAB at Postdam University, Germany, and a PhD student in Media and Communication Studies at the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University in Sweden.
The seminar will be held via Zoom. Please contact Saga Hansén for link (contact details below).