Percepción del periodismo deportivo de datos entre usuarios habituales. Estudio de caso del modelo predictivo de El País para el Mundial de Fútbol de 2018

José-Luis Rojas-Torrijos, Jesús García-Cepero
2020 Revista Mediterránea de Comunicación  
Resumen In recent years, sports and, most notably, football coverage has become a breeding ground for data journalism. The vast number of statistics collected from scheduled matches have helped data analytics techniques, based on applied mathematics, to be expanded in current sports journalism. This article examines the statistical model in predicting results developed by El País for the first time to enhance its coverage of a mega sporting event: the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. This
more » ... earch also analyses the level of acceptance and understanding of this advanced statistical method among heavy users of sports content. To this end, a semi-structured questionnaire involving both open-ended and closed questions was conducted to know the views of both Sports Journalism students and sports reporters from twelve Spanish media outlets. The results reveal that the news values of applying advanced statistics to report on probabilities in a sports tournament encounter a reluctant attitude and an uneven level of understanding among professionals and students. Despite this, data journalism is mainly perceived as a huge opportunity to diversify the agenda and improve the quality of sports coverage.
doi:10.14198/medcom2020.11.2.8 fatcat:7og744pvhbcydalcsixggmz7oq