(From Philip Mayer, the outsider who created Precision Journalism Luciana Mielniczuk

Q. Should journalists program computers as well? Or at least know the process?

A. Yes.


Today’s generation of journalists, even more than mine, needs to understand and appreciate the importance of hands-on computer experience.

We are locked in a battle with less reputable suppliers of information, and truth made visible is our weapon.

"Data journalism is still evolving as a concept. It can include curation as well as analysis and reporting."
"Some of the most promising efforts today are coming from non-profit organizations such as ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity ."

Does anybody remember the first reporter to use a telephone? Was that person called a “telephone-assisted reporter?” I like to think of my contribution not as a computer-assisted reporting, but as the application of scientific method.

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