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Data journalism thrived in 2020, due to the wide array of effective data visualisations produced by newsrooms covering the COVID-19 outbreak. Data journalists worked with health specialists, scientists, and health reporters to translate complex datasets into more visual, interactive maps and charts for citizens to better understand the flood of information they were exposed to.
At "Democratising data: Making data a tool of effective journalism" we discussed how data visualisation goes beyond the numbers and ends up affecting public debate and democracy. We also explored how new user interfaces and data gathering technologies are contributing to an increased public understanding of news stories. We explored issues around public trust as they relate to technologies like artificial intelligence and deepfakes.