Columbia Journalism Review: How to report on algorithms even if you’re not a data whiz

Columbia Journalism Review: How to report on algorithms even if you’re not a data whiz. “THERE’S A NEW BEAT in town: algorithms. From formulas that determine what you see on social media to equations that dictate government operations, algorithms are increasingly powerful and pervasive. As an important new field of influence, algorithms are ripe for journalistic investigation. But investigating computer code can come across as dry and technical. Researchers often talk about ‘auditing’ and ‘reverse engineering’ algorithms—activities requiring heavy data analysis. But algorithmic accountability reporting projects don’t have to be this way. There are many possible approaches that draw on traditional reporting as well.”