In the past 2 years we have seen an explosion in the availability of freely reusable, machine readable data from public bodies and increasingly easy to use tools and services to analyse, represent and deliver this data. How is this data having an impact on journalism? How can journalists use data to create better reportage? What are the limits of public data sources? A panel of leading journalists and researchers present their work and tell us what they think is next for data journalism.
Simon Rogers, Guardian Datablog (UK)
Stefan Candea, Centre for Investigative Journalism (Romania) + Nieman Fellow (US)
Caelainn Barr, Bureau of Investigative Journalism (UK)
Federica Cocco, OWNI (France)
Liliana Bounegru, European Journalism Centre (Netherlands)
Paul Bradshaw, Help Me Investigate (UK)
Mirko Lorenz, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michelle Thorne, Mozilla Foundation.
Simon Rogers is editor of the guardian.co.uk/data (datablog, @datastore), an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation’s coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wikileaks war logs. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service and has edited the paper’s science section. He has edited two Guardian books: How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry and its impact. In 2010, Simon received a special commendation from the Royal Statistical Society in its awards for journalistic excellence. His Factfile UK series of supplements won a silver at the Malofiej 2011 infographics award and the Datablog won the Newspaper Awards prize for Best Use of New Media, 2011.
Stefan Candea, a member of ICIJ (icij.org), is a freelance journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. He has won several awards including the IRE Tom Renner Award and the Overseas Press Club of America Award. He reported on the connections between international organized crime networks and high-ranking politicians and public servants, covering the international arms trade, illegal international adoption, the separatist region of Trans-Dniester and the diamond business in Romania. He teaches investigative journalism at Bucharest University and was a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Caelainn Barr is a journalist specialising in EU investigations at the London based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The Bureau a not-for-profit organisation which aims to bolster original journalism by producing high-quality investigations for press and broadcast media. She has worked on an award-winning, nine month investigation with the Financial Times into EU structural funds, a data based analysis of Commission expenditure and continues to look at all aspects of EU legislation and expenditure. These investigations have been the subject of lengthy reports in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Al Jazeera’s People and Power, BBC’s Newsnight and File on Four.
Federica Cocco was born in Cagliari, Sardinia. She was educated in Italy, the United States and England and currently works in Paris as editor in chief of Owni.eu. In the past, she worked for Amnesty International, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the Centre of Investigative Journalism in London and Wired Italy and UK. Since she joined the newsroom last year, OWNI won the Online News Association award for excellence in journalism and was selected as a finalist at South by Southwest.
Liliana Bounegru works for the European Journalism Centre (EJC), an independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, primarily through the further training of journalists and media professionals. She coordinates work on data-driven journalism, and, together with Mirko Lorenz (Deutsche Welle), organised one of the first international events on data-driven journalism in 2010, bringing together leading practitioners from around the world. She is also a Research MA candidate in Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. For more see lilianabounegru.org.
Paul Bradshaw is visiting professor in online journalism at City University London and Course Leader of the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, which he established in 2009. He is best known as the publisher of the Online Journalism Blog, described by UK Press Gazette as one of the country’s “most influential journalism blogs” and by the Telegraph’s Shane Richmond as “The UK’s Jeff Jarvis”. He is also the founder of the investigative journalism crowdsourcing site Help Me Investigate, which was shortlisted in 2010 for Multimedia Publisher of the Year.
Mirko Lorenz is an information architect, journalist and trainer. His focus is on digital publishing, storytelling and multimedia content management systems. He is a member of the Innovation Projects team at Deutsche Wellle and editor for Visioncloud.eu.
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