Data Journalism in the Context of Important Political Events: The Case of Slovakia


  • Norbert Vrabec University of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Trnava
  • Ján Proner University of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Trnava


data journalism, online news portals, public agenda, political news


Data journalism is one way to provide readers with objective and relevant reports. The study
is a content analysis of the use of data journalism by Slovak online news portals. The research sample consists of 11,267 articles published during February 2020, February 2019, June 2019 and November 2019. The aim was to use a quantitative research strategy to determine whether significant policy events have an impact on the higher frequency of data journalism components in domestic news. The results show that data journalism is an integral part of newsrooms. Despite this, the use of data faces several problems, especially in terms ofjournalists’ lack of skills and experience in this area of journalism. This is also reflected in the limits of the use of data journalism in reporting on an influential agenda that has an impact on public and political life. Newsrooms do not respond adequately to the presence of a significant political and public agenda, which is mainly processed in the form of text articles, while more sophisticated components of data journalism are used only sporadically.

Author Biographies

Norbert Vrabec, University of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Trnava

Norbert Vrabec is currently the  head of the Department of Media Education at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (Slovakia).  He is the author of 3 scientific monographs, 3 university textbooks  and several dozen articles and publications indexed in the Web of Science and Scopus. He participates in domestic and foreign scientific projects in the field of media literacy research, media education, digital technologies and online communication. He deals professionally with media education, methodological aspects of media research,  media literacy and data journalism in the context of media communication. He is a member and participates in the activities of the following scientific and professional organizations: European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), UNESCO-UNAOC UNITWIN Network for Media and Information Literacy, European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI), The Slovak EU Kids Online Team and International Association for Media Education (IAME).

Ján Proner, University of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Trnava

Jan Proner is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava. In his research and teaching activities, he focuses on data journalism and data visualization. He is also professionally engaged in digital animation, production, infographics, visual identity, graphic design, animations, media production and theory of the digital games. He is the author and administrator of the first Slovak portal on data journalism.