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Ethical Pitfalls of Data Digging in Journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Ethical Pitfalls of Data Digging Journalists have been mining publicly available data for decades, but significant options for presentation; i.e. online and in multiple platforms, mean that journalists must be ever-mindful about ethics problems, new and old. Issues such as truth and accuracy, transparency and interpretation, source and use of data and, of course, privacy, often pester computational journalists and sometimes perplex readers and viewers. Data-centric journalism includes accessing publicly available information, looking for patterns within it and analyzing it. For traditional journalists and legacy media, data mining has been an important reporting tool, and it has been used with more frequency, clarity and impact since the nonprofit IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) organization was founded in 1975. Technology has changed the way journalists access and analyze data, making more data available and making data available more quickly. The World Wide Web itself is a huge database used by journalists and media consumers alike. Technology and the Web offer new and powerful techniques for online database journalism, including the work done by media professionals and citizen journalists. 3

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 options for presentation; i.e. online and in multiple platforms, mean that 
journalists must be ever-mindful about ethics problems, new and old. Issues such as 
truth and accuracy, transparency and interpretation, source and use of data and, of 
course, privacy, often pester computational journalists and sometimes perplex 
readers and viewers. 
Data-centric journalism includes accessing publicly available 
information, looking for patterns within it and analyzing it. For traditional journalists 
and legacy media, data mining has been an important reporting tool, and it has been 
used with more frequency, clarity and impact since the nonprofit IRE (Investigative 
Reporters and Editors) organization was founded in 1975. Technology has changed 
the way journalists access and analyze data, making more data available and making 
data available more quickly. The World Wide Web itself is a huge database used by 
journalists and media consumers alike. Technology and the Web offer new and 
powerful techniques for online database journalism, including the work done by 
media professionals and citizen journalists.

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