List of Academic Papers about Data Journalism and Computational Journalism

In parallel to my work at the European Journalism Centre, for the past couple of years I have been working on and off on a research project that examines sourcing and knowledge production practices in data journalism and how these might be challenging traditional journalism epistemologies. I gave a talk at Stanford University last year about the first part of this study. Thanks to a four-year PhD grant from the University of Groningen and the University of Ghent, I will be able to dedicate more time to this project in the next few years, expand and improve it.

Below is a list of academic papers about data journalism and computational journalism that I collected during my work so far. A few of them, such as Schudson (2010) and Peters (2010) do not directly reference the practice of data journalism but discuss related and relevant developments.

If there is anything that I missed please leave me a note in the comments section.

Anderson, C. W. (2012). Towards a sociology of computational and algorithmic journalism. New Media & Society, 0(0), 1-17. Retrieved October 12, 2013, from

Appelgren, E., & Nygren, G. (2014). Data journalism in Sweden. Digital Journalism , -, 1-12. Retrieved January 3, 2014, from

Cohen, S., Hamilton, J.T., & Turner, F. (2011). Computational journalism. Communications of the ACM, 54(10), 66-71. Retrieved from

Cohen, S., Li, C., Yang, J., & Yu, C. (2011). Computational journalism: A call to arms to database researchers. Paper presented at the 5th Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR ’11), California, U.S. Retrieved from

Czepek, A. (2011). Getting personal: Personification vs. data-journalism as an international trend in reporting about Wikileaks. In R. Salaverría (Ed.), Diversity of journalisms. Proceedings of the ECREA journalism studies section and 26th International Conference of Communication (CICOM) at University of Navarra, Pamplona, 4-5 July 2011 (pp. 94-108). Pamplona: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra. Retrived from

Daniel, A., & Flew, T. (2010). The Guardian reportage of the U.K. MP expenses scandal: A case study of computational journalism. In Record of the Communications Policy and Research Forum 2010 (pp. 186-194). Sydney: Network Insight Pty. Ltd. Retrieved from

Flew, T., Spurgeon, C., Daniel, A., & Swift, A. (2012). The promise of computational journalism. Journalism Practice6(2), 157-171. Retrieved from

Gynnild, A. (2013). Journalism innovation leads to innovation journalism: The impact of computational exploration on changing mindsets. Journalism, 0(0), 1-18. Retrieved January 4, 2014, from

Hamilton, J. & Turner F. (July, 2009). Accountability through algorithm: Developing the field of computational journalism. A report from Developing the Field of Computational Journalism, a Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Summer Workshop, July 27-31, 2009. Retrieved from…/About-3-Research-B-cj-1-finalreport.pdf

Heuguet, G., & Langlais, P. (2014). Un manuel de journalisme au service des « invisibles » ? Le cas du Data Journalism Handbook. Sur le journalisme, About journalism, Sobre jornalismo, 3(1). Retrieved May 2, 2014, from

Lewis, S. C., & Usher, N. (2013). Open source and journalism: toward new frameworks for imagining news innovation. Media, Culture & Society, 35(5), 602-619. Retrieved from

Paraise, S., & Dagiral, E. (2012). Data-driven journalism and the public good: “Computer-assisted-reporters” and “programmer-journalists” in Chicago. New Media & Society, 1–19. Retrieved from

Peters, J. D. (2010). “The only proper scale of representation”: The politics of statistics and stories. Political Communication18(4), 433-449. Retrieved from

Royal, C. (April, 2010). The journalist as programmer: A case study of The New York Times Interactive News Technology department. In International Symposium in Online Journalism. Symposium conducted at The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved from

Schudson, M. (2010). Political observatories, databases & news in the emerging ecology of public information. Dædalus139(2), 100-109. Retrieved from


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