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What is data journalism? Both ‘data’ and ‘journalism’ are troublesome terms. Some people think of ‘data’ as any collection of numbers, most likely gathered on a spreadsheet. 20 years ago, that was pretty much the only sort of data journalists dealt with.

But we live in a digital world now, a world in which almost anything is described with numbers. Today, news stories are coming in as they happen, mostly from multiple sources. This is why data journalism is so important. Gathering, filtering and visualising what is happening - telling a complex story through engaging infographics and figures.

With this publication, we would like to gain an Asian perspective on the topic. Since when is data journalism applied in Asia, how is it practised in the region? Who were the pioneers, who are the experts? What are the challenges of this new form of reporting and what are the future opportunities?

We invited six authors, all members of the Society of Asian Journalists (SAJ) and Alumni from the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, to give answers to those questions.

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