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Dataa näkyvissä : läpinäkyvyys algoritmien ja datan journalistisessa hyödyntämisessä (2021)
Practices of transparency in utilizing data and algorithms in journalism

Rydenfelt, H., Haapanen, L., & Lehtiniemi, T. (2021). Dataa näkyvissä : läpinäkyvyys algoritmien ja datan journalistisessa hyödyntämisessä. Media & viestintä, 44(2), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.23983/mv.109857

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Rydenfelt, Henrik; Haapanen, Lauri; Lehtiniemi, Tuukka

Journal or series: Media & viestintä

ISSN: 1798-3827

eISSN: 2342-477X

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 44

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 1-22

Publisher: Media- ja viestintätieteellinen seura MEVI ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23983/mv.109857

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77065


The concept of transparency has become central to communication and media research, as well as to the ethical evaluation of political and communicative practices. Transparency has been proposed as a means to maintain and increase trust in journalistic work and in its products in the context of interactive media and communication. As knowledge production and decision-making are increasingly based on data and data processing, transparency has also become a key concept in algorithmic decision-making. In this article, we explore the role of transparency in the discussion of data and algorithms as well as of journalism, and suggest possible practices of transparency in data and algorithm-based journalism. In digital journalism, data is utilized both in manual and automated processes of production as a source of information and in the distribution and targeting of content to audiences. How could journalism make transparent its use of data, data choices, and the needs and values that affect them?

Keywords: journalism; media; automation; data; algorithms; decision making; transparency; reliability (general); ethicality; liability; professional ethics

Free keywords: transparency; journalism; data; algorithms; automation; trust; decision making; responsibility

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