|dc.description.abstract||A paper presented at Nordic Data Journalism Conference NODA 2016,
21 April 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
Data journalism has emerged remarkably during the last years. Discussions of data
journalism have mostly concentrated on access to data, preparing a data story and
providing truthful information based on data. However, ethical requirements and
responsibilities of data journalism have not been widely discussed. For instance,
press councils do not particularly discuss data and its impact on journalism ethics.
Data when mentioned in the codes usually refer to information and its accuracy
requirements to be take into consideration in information gathering and
This paper analyses ethical issues of data in conventional journalistic working
process starting at access to data and followed by data analysis, publishing a data
story and collecting feedback from the public. Each of the four phases contains
several important ethical points of attention. Phases have also consequences to