Open data was seen for journalists and editors as a solution to rescue an industry in decline, says research by Jonathan Stoneman. Suddenly, there was an access to all sources of information and the need to hire people with different backgrounds to crunch this data.
Simon Rogers discusses on his book Facts are Sacred that this new wave represents a way to save journalism. Journalists can acquire a new role and act as a bridge between those who have the data and the public that need help to understand it.
Even though this new role can help journalists to inform better the audience, professionals differ in how they define data journalism and people who work in this field. Do we focus on data, journalism, or both?