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State of Data Journalism Survey 2023


The State of Data Journalism 2023 Survey, third edition, is now open!

Available in three languages, open until 16 January 2024

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 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 a trip to the International Journalism Festival 2024 (IJF) in beautiful Perugia, Italy
  • Your feedback will help generate influential discussions [1,2] on the state of the field and its development
  • The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Most questions are optional. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Italian.
Data Survey 2023

The survey has now been closed.

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 IJF prize raffle will only be accessible to the Data team at the European Journalism Centre.

Our Mission

In the ever-evolving media landscape, data journalism is a powerful force, pushing the boundaries of storytelling and captivating audiences when attention is the currency defining success.  But it's not just about flashy visuals— data journalism tackles some of today’s hardest and most important journalistic tasks: fact-checking and evidence gathering.

The State of Data Journalism Survey exists to keep track of the latest developments in this exciting and fast-moving field and shed light on where the profession is heading - and where it faces hurdles - to evolve and flourish.

In 2021 and 2022, we rolled out in-depth data journalism surveys. What did our findings show? Significant and consistent gender imbalances and data quality issues that vary depending on your location. Those elite dedicated data teams? Scarce, especially outside the big corporate media giants. Oh, and the pandemic? It played a role in bringing a third of our respondents into the data journalism world.

At its core, data journalism is about blending data, tools, and visuals to craft impactful stories. But here's the real challenge—data journalists need to have strong reporting skills combined with the ability to work with stats, design visuals and even wield a bit of code in certain programming languages. Our surveys revealed a thirst for levelling up these skills.

With the 2023 survey, we seek to continue our tradition of understanding and explaining the data journalism profession to our global audience. This year we are introducing two new sets of questions about Open-Source Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence.

This study reflects and EJC’s commitment to lend continuous support to the data journalism community. Join us in our mission to monitor and map the state of data journalism today.

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