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Interactive JournalismHackers, Data, and Code$
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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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Interactives and Journalism’s Systems of Knowledge

Interactives and Journalism’s Systems of Knowledge

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Interactive Journalism

Nikki Usher

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how interactive journalism is changing storytelling. It looks at the knowledge, or the special abstract knowledge, that interactive journalists contribute to the journalism profession at large. The chapter focuses on ProPublica's software application called Dollars for Docs, which underscores the promise of interactive journalism: an in-depth, immersive database that allows users to search through more than $4 billion worth of Big Pharma disclosures showing which doctors the companies paid for talks, research, and consulting. The Dollars for Docs interactive illustrates five ways different ways in which interactive journalism adds new kinds of abstract knowledge to doing news work: build-it journalism, near/far journalism, openness, see-it-for-yourself journalism, and a focus on reorienting a nut-graf.

Keywords:   interactive journalism, storytelling, abstract knowledge, interactive journalists, ProPublica, software, Dollars for Docs, build-it journalism, openness, see-it-for-yourself journalism

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