Source:Acton Gorton, Brant Houston and Meghan Hoyer
Affiliation:Chicago Tribune, University of Illinois and The Associated Press
Stockpiling data helps your newsroom be ready for breaking news, mine data for tips, provides context for multiple stories, offers content for visualizations, and build data literacy among reporters, editors and producers. But there are crucial questions to ask before you build your data arsenal: What databases does your newsroom need? What databases will be used for more than one story, serve as a reference library and improve with annual updates? What technology should you use to house data and what tools would make it accessible across the newsroom? What metadata and documentation should be attached?