8th Annual Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism

Penang, Malaysia

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 the only sort of data that journalists dealt with.


We live in a digital world, a world in which almost anything can be - and almost everything is - described with numbers. What makes data journalism different to the rest of journalism? Today news stories are flowing in as they happen, from multiple sources, eye-witnesses, blogs and what has happened is filtered through a vast network of social connections, being ranked, commented and more often than not: ignored. This is why data journalism is so important. Gathering, filtering and visualizing what is happening beyond what the eye can see has a growing value. Data journalism can help a journalist tell a complex story through engaging infographics.

At the 8th Annual Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism, members of the Society of Asian Journalists (SAJ) and alumni from the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism (ACFJ) got together with media experts to discuss how data-driven journalism is applied in the region.

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Penang, Malaysia


Torben Stephan


Britt Gehder

Programme Officer

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