Data journalism in Spain and Austria: features, organizational structure, limitations, and future perspectives



Palabras clave:

Data journalism, Digital journalism, Sources, Data visualization, Transparency, Interactivity, Journalists, Journalistic profession, Digital media, Newspapers, El país, Der standard, Spain


This paper makes an important contribution to comparative research by examining data journalism in Spain and Austria. This paper examines the practice of data journalism from a triple perspective: (a) the common features of day-to-day work, (b) the organizational structure and the role of the teams in newsrooms, and (c) the obstacles to and the future of data-driven reporting. Results from content analysis of data-driven news stories in El país and Der standard (N = 136) show differences and similarities in the covered topics, sources, narrative style, visualizations, interactive functions, and levels of transparency. Interestingly, only 36.8% of the analyzed news stories correspond to the normative expectations of transparency by incorporating both sources and methodological details. While the Spanish newspaper shows significantly higher levels of transparency compared with the Austrian newspaper, both newspapers perform very similarly when it comes to providing access to raw data, which was the case in only every fifth news story analyzed. Findings from focused interviews with the heads of data journalism teams deliver interesting insights into specific challenges that each news outlet is facing when creating day-to-day data-driven news stories. This research confirms the relevance that data journalism has achieved in countries such as Spain and demonstrates the effort of journalists in countries without access to information and transparency laws to create data-driven stories.

Biografía del autor/a

Pedro Farias-Batlle, Universidad de Málaga



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Córdoba-Cabús, A., Huber, B., & Farias-Batlle, P. . (2023). Data journalism in Spain and Austria: features, organizational structure, limitations, and future perspectives. Profesional De La información, 32(1).



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