Over the last few months, I have been talking to journalists about their trials and tribulations with textual sources, trying to get as detailed a picture as possible of their processes, namely:
- how and in what format they obtain the text,
- how they find newsworthy information in the documents,
- using what tools,
- for what kinds of stories,
…among other details.
What I’ve found so far is fascinating: from tech-savvy reporters who write their own code when they need to analyze a text collection, to old-school investigative journalists convinced that printing and highlighting are the most reliable and effective options — and many shades of approaches in between. Continue reading “What do journalists do with large amounts of text?”