growing number of newsrooms are assigning teams of reporters and coders to create “data applications” — software written to allow readers to manipulate and handle data on their own. In a well-received project, NPR tasked its team to comb through data and create an application for parents of disabled children to locate wheelchair-friendly playgrounds. Once an afterthought of editors and reporters preoccupied with flashy leads and story structure, the task of presenting massive data in engaging graphics — data visualization, in industry speak — has also moved up on the priority list. (via Booming market for data-driven journalism)

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