Data literacy among journalists: A skills-assessment based approach


  • Ragne Kõuts-Klemm University of Tartu



data literacy, journalism, datafication, statistics, research data


Datafication brings with it the challenges for journalists to fulfill their historical role as mediators of social processes to their audiences. Journalism has been a rather humanistic field, where journalists tell stories, but do not deal with the analysis and interpretation of numbers. For the current study a methodological tool was developed to measure data literacy among journalists in Estonia. The study confirms that data literacy is acknowledged by journalists as a requirement of future journalism, but their actual skills are still low. Journalists feel more comfortable with data presented in familiar forms. There is a strong tendency that data literacy develops when the skills needed for data processing are in actual use.

Author Biography

Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, University of Tartu

Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Journalism Sociology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has expertise in media systems, media use research and the role of media in integration. Her current research interests cover the datafication of societies and data journalism.


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How to Cite

Kõuts-Klemm, R. (2019). Data literacy among journalists: A skills-assessment based approach . Central European Journal of Communication, 12(3(24), 299-315.



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