A decade of working in data journalism: what has changed?

Interview with Simon Rogers, data editor at the Google News Lab

Letizia Gambini
Apr 24, 2019 · 9 min read

How did you become involved with data journalism?

What was your first data journalism project?

It was still a weird thing to be doing. “Data editor” was hardly a widespread job — very few newsrooms had any kind of data team at all.

And when did the things start to change?

What do these projects tell about the evolution of data journalism?

Data journalism went from being the province of a few loners to an established part of every newsroom.

Can you name some examples of these developments?

When I wrote the piece “Data Journalism is the New Punk” it was making that point: we were at a place where creativity could really run free. But also where the work would eventually become mainstream.

What does it mean for data journalism to become mainstream?


What are the challenges you foresee in the future?

So, despite all the change, some things are constant in this field. Data journalism has a long history, but in 2009, data journalism seemed a way to get at a common truth, something we could all get behind. Now that need is greater than ever before.

Recently we launched a new platform for data journalism enthusiasts: DataJournalism.com. How do you see it fits in the 2019 data journalism scene?

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