Much of data journalism is tedious work. When your story is based on a number that is a summary of thousands or millions of records in a database, you have to be sure there isn’t a systematic problem with the data that might give you a false result. Data is collected by humans, after all. That involves hours, days, sometimes months of meticulous data cleaning and testing. But the result can help sexual abuse victims find justice and schoolchildren get the help they need instead of being passed from grade to grade without learning.
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