By Jennifer Nelson, Reynolds Journalism Institute
ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs is an elaborate data-driven news application that allows readers to interact and engage with it as they learn about the money doctors receive from pharmaceutical companies.
In 50 years, Dollars for Docs may be gone entirely if nothing is done to archive it, says Meredith Broussard, assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World.”
Broussard is on a mission to preserve Dollars for Docs and other data journalism projects like it. As a computer scientist turned data journalist, Broussard says she’s uniquely positioned to address the issue of what University of Minnesota faculty members Kathleen Hansen and Nora Paul call “future-proofing the news.”