DEI and Data Journalism
Feb. 21, 2023
Samantha Sunne and I co-authored a textbook, “Data + Journalism” that’s available now on Routledge. (Order here). It’s an introductory to intermediate-level guide to learning data storytelling from A to Z.
One of the things we learned when writing the book was that few textbooks do a good job of addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in data journalism. It’s been a mission of many journalism organizations to improve this. For example, IRE has done a DEI conference the past couple of years.
So we weaved DEI into the fabric of a few chapters of our book, primarily in Chapter 11, where we also teased a link to a free “bonus chapter” that Sunne posted to our blog when the book launched in early January.
Sunne wrote about case studies, expert sources and offered tips by experts such as Neema Roshania Patel, editor of The Washington Post’s Next Generation team. Patel wrote a terrific set of five framing questions in this Poynter post:
Are we including the voices of the people most affected by what’s happening?
How are we defining “experts” in this story?
Are we engaging with a diverse range of sources, even when the story isn’t explicitly about marginalized groups?
Are we making assumptions about our readers?
How are we explaining our process to sources?
This free chapter should be required reading in newsrooms along with any journalism reporting class. Take the time to read it and share it!
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