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Making Sense of Data Journalism from Bangladesh Perspective

Abstract

With emergence of information and communication technologies, our ways of living and interactions, making decisions and comprehending reality are being changed. The fundamental aspect of life is being changed by adding a quantitative dimension to it. The traditional logic of journalism has dramatically been changed by infusing computational thinking into the newsrooms. It has also changed the linear storytelling into a more interactive and engaging way. Troves of available data are offering us a new perspective on reality to be understood, explained and communicated. Most of the scholarships on data journalism have been done from the context of western and developed world. Little has been done from the context of a developing country like Bangladesh. When the role of data grows as a basis for reporting and storytelling, answers to the questions relating to the use or utilization of data, skills needed to do this, platforms and tools of data journalism, potential change in newsrooms needed to be sought. This article tries to answer the questions from the perspective of Bangladesh. It also explore the philosophical turns in understanding the recording, retrieving, explaining, interpreting and representing the reality through the lenses of Big Data and data journalism.

Md Aminul Islam

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