Uncovering racial and economic divides using data

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Tim Henderson of Pew Stateline; David Herzog of IRE and NICAR; Malik Singleton of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 11:20am
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Malik Singleton, New York University

The journalists on this panel have sparked debate and action from their reporting on social disparities and economic inequality. They have also produced key examples of interactive data-driven storytelling that amateur and advanced professionals will appreciate. This session will look at their investigations about recent national news, with particular focus on:

• Data that demonstrates the "resegregation" of American schools and the methodologies used;

• Data related to the President's "Middle class economics" proposals;

• Data about "economic harassment" in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere;

• How data reporters can proceed when there's a serious lack of data on controversial events.

Speaker Bios

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer with The New York Times Magazine and a founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which aims to increase the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones' work covering school and housing segregation has earned numerous awards, including a Peabody, a Polk Award and a National Magazine Award. In 2017 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. 

  • Tim Henderson is demographics writer at Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has been a reporter and database editor at The Miami Herald, Gannet Newspapers and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He refused to grow up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and remains a notorious New Mexican food snob and collector of Spanish curse words. This will be his fourth decennial census and he's starting to get it down. 

  • David Herzog is professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and serves as NICAR academic adviser. He's the author of Data Literacy: A User’s Guide (2015) SAGE Publications. He also helped launch the online M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program at the University of Missouri. @davidherzog

  • Malik Singleton teaches interactive data reporting at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and also trains faculty in instructional technology at NYU. He has worked in various newsrooms, including TIME.com, Crain's New York Business, Black Enterprise Magazine, and LA Weekly Newspaper. He earned his BA from Morehouse College and his MS from Pace University.

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