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Data journalism soars in the time of COVID-19

Industry experts speak on how the pandemic has changed news reporting

Three international journalists speak about the realities of COVID-19 reporting during The Future of Journalism symposium in Tokyo on June 19. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Data-based journalism has played a powerful role during the pandemic in delivering accurate news quickly and will continue to be a great tool for reporters, experts said at The Future of Journalism symposium sponsored by Nikkei on Saturday.

Speakers and panelists, including some attending online, gathered at Waseda University in Tokyo to discuss the role news media should play as the coronavirus pandemic causes a distortion of truth, from the efficiency of vaccines and public policy to how widespread cases are and the best methods to reduce infections. The gathering was also sponsored by the graduate schools of journalism of Columbia University in the U.S. and Waseda University.

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