Science reporters know that, and the explosion in big data offers a way for newsroom managers to rethink how they can use those journalists’ reservoir of knowledge. There aren’t many science writers left at American newspapers, unfortunately, but they should be called in on big-data stories wherever they exist.

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Declan Fahy , PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C, where he teaches a course in health, science and environmental reporting. His research examines emerging methods, models and styles of science journalism.