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Central European Journal of Communication

Central European Journal of Communication

Scientific Journal of the Polish Communication Association

You are here: Home > Browse Journal > Volume 15 No 3 (32) Fall 2022 > Fighting COVID-19 with Data: An Analysis of Data Journalism Projects Submitted to Sigma Awards 2021

Fighting COVID-19 with Data: An Analysis of Data Journalism Projects Submitted to Sigma Awards 2021

Liis Auväärt  
University of Tartu, Estonia

ABSTRACT: The COVID-19 health crisis has been heavily reported on an international scale for several years. This has pushed news journalism in a datafied direction: reporters have learnt how to analyse and visualise the statistical effects of COVID-19 on various sectors of society. As a result, in 2021, the international Sigma Awards competition for data journalism highlighted coverage of the pandemic. Using content analysis with qualitative elements, this paper analyses the shortlisted works covering COVID-19 from the competition (n=73). It focuses on the data references made by the teams – sources, type of both reference and data used – showing statistics from official institutions to be the most used type of data. It also lists the main problems journalists had to face while working on their projects. Most often these problems fell into two categories: specific characteristics of the project, mostly ‘time consuming’, and issues with data.

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DOI: 10.51480/1899-5101.15.3(32).3

KEYWORDS: Covid-19, data journalism, data literacy, datafication, journalistic skill