IndiaSpend is India’s first data journalism initiative. And is now rapidly growing to become an `agency of record’ when it comes to data and facts on the Indian economy, particularly in areas like education and healthcare as well as data on Indian states. We utilize open data available on the internet to analyse a range of issues, to generate awareness among masses (netizens) as a means of computer assisted reporting.
The National e-governance plan of the government of India launched in 2006 with the objective to provide easy & reliable access of government records and data to public, has enabled computer assisted reporting in the country promoting of data journalism.
The idea of IndiaSpend (data journalism) emerged from the Jan Lokpal (Citizen’s Ombudsman) movement in 2011 against corruption and bringing in transparency and accountability among government officials and agencies. The Right to Information Act (RTI) 2002, passed by Indian Parliament, too helped strengthen this notion.
The field of Data Journalism and computer cased journalism is fairly new trend in India. Data has been used in the newspapers, but it was mostly limited to the press releases given out but the government agencies. The interest in data journalism and the computer assisted reporting has come about since 2011 onwards. So far in India there are no newspapers, TV news channels that are solely focused on data. When it comes to websites too, 2015 has seen the rise a few websites centred loosely on data journalism. This makes the study IndiaSpend as a data journalism initiative very essential as it can be said as a premiere organization in the field.
The paper will look at IndiaSpend to see the trends in computer assisted journalism and data journalism. IndiaSpend is one of the first initiatives in India for data journalism, using computer assisted tools for its reach. We want to take up a case study of this organization to show the growth of data journalism through computer assisted journalism through the growth of IndiaSpend.