We have been using data to explain our world for a long time. Data journalism is no exception. We have, as marketing strategist Andrea Lehr explains, been looking at data to help us tell stories for maybe even longer then we’ve thought. In this interview with Kristen Hare at Poynter, Lehr shares some of the findings from her recent report on the history of data journalism.
“I was most surprised to learn just how long the concept has been around,” said Andrea Lehr, a strategist at Fractl.
In 1849, for instance, The New York Tribune used a chart to show how many lives were being lost to cholera.
Fractl has seen an increase in data journalism among the publishers it works with, so staffers compiled a report on the storytelling method. The agency also spoke with several data journalists as part of the project, including FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann and Nathaniel Lash of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times.
Lehr spoke with Poynter about the report via email.
Read the rest of the interview with Lehr at Poynter