Many small newsrooms are struggling to invest in data journalism but data-driven reporting is crucial if they want to stand out and remain relevant to their audience.
In this article republished on the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) website, Bettina Figl, reporter and online editor for Wiener Zeitung, outlines 10 steps to get started with data journalism when you have fewer resources available.
To start with, set reasonable goals for your newsroom, and ensure your editor-in-chief is supportive and that you show enthusiasm, otherwise the chances to succeed are rather low. Once you have that, "start small and with a hypothesis", Figl advises.
To build up the skills your team needs, provide them with training through workshops, bring in new people with data and programming skills, or work together with more experienced newsrooms and data scientists.