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Nikki Usher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040511

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040511.001.0001

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The Rise of a Subspecialty

The Rise of a Subspecialty

Interactive Journalism

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Interactive Journalism

Nikki Usher

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the origins of interactive journalism and its rise as a subspecialty. Drawing on oral history, old blogs, and the internet archive, it considers how interactive journalism emerged from a fusion of photography, computer graphics, data visualization, and computational journalism and how the history of images in journalism, and particularly the ability of newspapers to use color, contributed to the rise of the graphics department as a distinct specialty within journalism. The chapter also discusses the role played by the online team at The Lawrence Journal-World in the rise of interactive journalism; the ways in which technological developments helped enable interactive journalism to play the role it does in newsrooms today; Adrian Holovaty's project called chicagocrime.org. and Rich Gordon's News Challenge initiative that led to the creation of the Knight Foundation scholarship for training programmers how to become journalists. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the beginnings of data journalism through computer-assisted reporting.

Keywords:   interactive journalism, The Lawrence Journal-World, Adrian Holovaty, chicagocrime.org, Knight Foundation, Rich Gordon, data journalism, computer-assisted reporting, computer graphics, technological developments

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