My favorite recent article about journalists was sent to me by a colleague. An article over on Vox.com titled, My advice for aspiring explainer journalists. There is a lot of good information nestled within and more than a few whiffs of irony.
Explaining that most journalists (employed) are white, elite, and went to an exclusive college while sprinkling words like "epistemic crisis" and inserting logarithmic curves to explain distribution of knowledge amused me. But David Roberts also candidly reveals the obvious secret we all know but don't talk about--you don't need journalism school--gasp.
Our new digital landscape has created fenceless terrain where we can hopefully step outside of google analytics and distill granular elements of stories, contextualized to answer the "so what" metric.
I never fancied myself an "explainer" journalist but here we are. I like to think a bit wider about an issue and hopefully start meaningful conversations. When I go to conferences I never know where the flare will be found. Many colleagues report the facts and nothing but the facts but how do you know they are indeed factual?
Ahhhh...have we stumbled upon an epistemic crisis?
I recently spoke to a large group of Tableau users in Raleigh. I called the talk "We Can Only Connect the Data we Collect" to remind those of us in the data and analytics space to be mindful of data sourcing.
Are we using data because it is easy to find or because it answers the carefully formulated question we designed?
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”