Journalism (and public relations for that matter) is frequently becoming more than getting a good quote and writing tight copy. Retrieving, analyzing, synthesizing and curating data is a growing part of the job. Take it away Peter Verweij:
At a time when large numbers of journalists are being laid off — because print newspapers are closing or decreasing the number of editors — data journalism is becoming a great way to get value out of journalistic work.
Newspapers are also exploring it, and data journalism could potentially attract more readers to print or online editions.
Looking at the list of topics and presentations of the NICAR (National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting) conference, it seems journalists and coders are now officially engaged. It all starts of course with how to use spreadsheets; doing some statistics, making graphs or mapping the data.
That post includes lots of tips and tools, making it worth a read.