Dig the Data

Strong solutions stories need evidence, which may require data analysis.

  • Search data for solutions stories by looking for “positive deviants,” cases in which things went right, rather than focusing on what’s gone wrong.
  • Stations with staff expertise in finding data and making sense of it have a leg up in producing solutions journalism if that expertise is brought to bear.
  • If a station does not have staff with data skills, consider providing training or enlisting a partner.

“TV newsrooms late adopters on data journalism. We’re committed to providing training to get people to the level where we can analyze big data.”

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Melissa Ziedy
Digital Director, KPHO/KTVK (Phoenix, AZ)