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Central European Journal of Communication

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Data literacy among journalists: A skills-assessment based approach

Ragne Kõuts-Klemm
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU, ESTONIA

ABSTRACT: Datafication brings with it the challenges for journalists to fulfill their historical role as mediators of social processes to their audiences. Journalism has been a rather humanistic field, where journalists tell stories, but do not deal with the analysis and interpretation of numbers. For the current study a methodological tool was developed to measure data literacy among journalists in Estonia. The study confirms that data literacy is acknowledged by journalists as a requirement of future journalism, but their actual skills are still low. Journalists feel more comfortable with data presented in familiar forms. There is a strong tendency that data literacy develops when the skills needed for data processing are in actual use.

 

DOI: 10.19195/1899-5101.12.3(24).2

KEYWORDS: data literacy, journalism, datafication, statistics, research data.

AUTHOR:

  • Ragne Kõuts-Klemm
    ORCID: 0000-0002-6422-5546
    UNIVERSITY OF TARTU, ESTONIA