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From Open Journalism to Closed Data: Data Journalism in Italy

Porlezza, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1400-5879 & Splendore, S. (2019). From Open Journalism to Closed Data: Data Journalism in Italy. Digital Journalism, doi: 10.1080/21670811.2019.1657778


The study investigates how journalists construct the rise of data journalism discursively within the specific political and economic conditions of Italy, and whether data journalists describe it as able to promote transparency at the level of both journalism and society as a whole. Italy is an interesting case for four different reasons: (1) to date, few analyses have been carried out on Mediterranean countries; (2) the Italian media system and its traditional journalism culture appear to be reluctant to innovate; (3) Italian data journalists are generally freelancers linked to small news agencies rather than established newsrooms; (4) the research reported in this paper was accomplished while the Italian government was approving a Freedom of Information Act. From the end of 2015 to the beginning of 2017, we carried out 15 interviews with data journalists working full-time for both established news organizations and specialized agencies. The findings show that data journalism in Italy is a highly professional sub-field, although journalistic education is not well developed. Data journalism is still largely determined by the availability and accessibility of public datasets. However, data journalists have developed certain strategies with which to generate and collect their own data, for instance collaborations and networks.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Digital Journalism on 03 September 2019, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Data journalism, datafication, FOIA, journalism education, open data, public administration, transparency
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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