Journalists use an outdated search engine called telephone. Mostly it is used for point-to-point information transfer, but it often has many of the characteristics of a good VPN, allowing you to tunnel through institutional boundaries and to get a kind of social port scan. A channel with even higher latencies is the Freedom of Information Request, a query run against government knowledge which often conflicts with their internal security policy.
 Unlike developers, journalists have yet to adopt open source. Teams of journalists rarely open their work, so that it is difficult to find plug-ins for your story. Legacy stories are rarely documented, so journalists end up covering the same story from the same angle. You cannot fork an existing story!
 Some organisations do open their work, saving journalists a lot of time when developing stories. This is called open data. The World Bank, for instance, has a lot of free-to-use add-ons for your articles. Unfortunately, journalists themselves rarely publish their work under an MIT licence.

via Journalism for Developers | News & Analysis | Data Driven Journalism.

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