Data journalists are the scientists of the journalism family.  They take data sets, many of them are publicly available, and turn them into gripping stories.


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Data journalists need to be comfortable with numbers and storytelling.

Fun fact: Florence Nightingale could be considered one of the first data journalists, using a kind of graph, called polar area diagrams (or Nightingale rose diagrams) to show the causes of death to change sanitation in India. Her statistics helped change practices and reduce preventable death. 

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