The State of Data Journalism 2022 is now open!

The purpose of The State of Data Journalism survey is to generate insights about the data journalism community, the tools and technology used, and capture how data journalism is evolving. After a successful first edition in 2021 with over 1500 participants, the survey is now back. It also includes a special module on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The survey will close on December 31st, 2022 and we will share the results in early 2023.

You can explore the 2021 survey, including results, methodology, and data, or read our selection of the most interesting findings.


Who should partake, and why?

The survey is open to anyone who participates in the field of data journalism: data journalists at news organisations, educators, freelancers, students, and retired data journalists. Whether you are using software, spreadsheets, or programming, this survey is open to anyone who is active or interested in the field. We seek and incentivise global participation! 

  • This is a unique opportunity to share your perspective on today’s state of data journalism and the characteristics of its ecosystem
  • You have the chance to win fantastic prizes
  • Your feedback will help generate a discussion on the state of the field and its development
  • The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Most questions are optional. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Italian.

Data and privacy

  • The survey is anonymous and complies with GDPR standards
  • The results will be publicly shared, including an anonymised dataset where we remove any identifying information
  • Any identifying information you submit to partake in our prize raffle will only be accessible to the DataJournalism.com internal team

Our Mission

Data journalism is now an established part of the media ecosystem, with many newsrooms having a dedicated data team and others looking to create one. The field is young and rapidly evolving, as discussed in our latest edition of the Data Journalism Handbook.

We think the establishment status of the field means that data journalism deserves to be mapped and that its rapid evolution indicates the need for continuous snapshots that capture temporal trends. Data journalism is made by individuals who blend together different data sources, analysis tools, and visualisation, to create powerful storytelling. What is possible then, and how are things being done, we ask?

Yet we also acknowledge the challenge to upskill in typically non-journalistic domains, such as statistics, data visualisation, and programming. And further to that, to keep up with the pace of evolving work practices. New tools get adopted, and some see the dawn of day. Team structures change, and new job opportunities arise. All the while, data journalists are affected by the same struggles of other media players: shrinking resources and time scarcity, which were further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year we launched the first State of Data Journalism Survey, the biggest and most recent survey on data journalism. From its results emerged interesting observations, including how widespread self-teaching is as a practice to be able to do the job, to how unequal access and quality of data is across different countries, also confirmed by geographical trends in terms of types of data sources used.

This year the survey returns, with a special module on covering the Russia-Ukraine conflict. To avoid prolonging the survey, we reduced the number of questions in other sections, building on last year’s user feedback.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to monitor and map the state of data journalism today.

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Contact

If you have any questions about the survey, you can reach us at info@datajournalism.com.

To share your thoughts with the community, head over to our Discord community, where we meet regularly to discuss all things data journalism.