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Ethical Pitfalls of Data Digging in Journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Ethical Pitfalls of Data Digging 2011 ABSTRACT : Journalists have been mining publicly available data for decades, but significant, recent changes in presentation methods mean that data journalism is now more common and raises new ethical issues. This paper examines the potential for harm when journalists use data mining in reporting. Ethics questions surface about truthfulness, interpretation and potential privacy issues. Authors interview five journalists who frequently use data for journalistic purposes and discuss how they evaluate potential harm when working with data sets. Keywords: journalism, investigative journalism, data, data mining, computational journalism, ethics, truth, transparency, accuracy, accountability, privacy. INTRODUCTION 2

Authors: Leach, Jan. and Gilbert, Jeremy.
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Ethical Pitfalls of Data Digging
Journalists have been mining publicly available data for decades, but significant, 
recent changes in presentation methods mean that data journalism is now more 
common and raises new ethical issues. This paper examines the potential for harm 
when journalists use data mining in reporting. Ethics questions surface about 
truthfulness, interpretation and potential privacy issues. Authors interview five 
journalists who frequently use data for journalistic purposes
and discuss how they 
evaluate potential harm when working with data sets. 
Keywords: journalism, investigative journalism, data, data mining, computational 
journalism, ethics, truth, transparency, accuracy, accountability, privacy.

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