Online Data Journalism Hub Funded by OSF Is Set To Launch
Data journalism is a critical part of newsroom development and media innovation — but oftentimes, people working in the field find themselves spread across different locations, positions and industries. In a field with numerous specializations and rapidly changing technologies, collaborating across borders and disciplines is necessary for success.
Teemu Henriksson, who will be taking over as the Den’s director, said that as the field of data journalism emerges from the margins and into the mainstream, there’s a growing pool of people interested in data journalism, but no centralization.
“There are sites that deal with data journalism,” said Henriksson, “but there’s no one platform or hub that puts all these ideas together in a centralized way.”
According to Bertrand Pecquerie, GEN’s CEO, “Collaboration, or what we call on the platform ‘matchmaking,’ is the core challenge we are aiming to tackle.”
In order to achieve this, they have organized the site into five sections: news, community, matchmaking, datastore and jobs.