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Why the US elections is not the death of data journalism

On Tuesday night, newsrooms around the world got a pretty rude reminder that good data is very important.

Before polls opened for the U.S. presidential election, Nate Silver and his colleagues at FiveThirtyEight put the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton victory north of 70 percent; the New York Times put her likelihood higher still, above 80 percent; less than a week before the election, the startup Morning Consult and Politico published research that suggested “shy Trump voters,” while a real thing, were not numerous enough to tilt the odds in his favor.

Then Tuesday happened, and as it unfolded, people began to ask whether it might be time for the media to reconsider its recent love affair with data journalism.

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