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Before hiring a data scientist, identify what expertise you need

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More and more news organizations are hiring data scientists and other experts to help leadership identify the data the company is using or could use for data-informed content and business strategies. “Because data scientists can be the difference between success and failure in a company’s use of its data, finding the right kind is critical,” writes Matt Asay. Because many of the organizations have not hired data experts before, and they are not all equal, it’s important to: identify what kind of data science you need; ask for examples of candidates’ work and compare; and ask about how they’ve applied data to improving businesses.

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