Data Journalism’s Challenge

In all the discussion about data journalism that’s been kicking around of late, I think this quote, highlighted by Neil Perkin, is probably the most critical:

Eric Schmidt summed it up: “Between the dawn of civilisation and 2003, five exabytes of information were created. In the last two days, five exabytes of information have been created, and that rate is accelerating”

If you can’t see the implications for this for people in the information business – and all journalists are in the information business – then you’re on the back foot already.