Data from scratch: When data don't exist

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ricardo Brom of La Nacion; Griff Palmer of independent journalist; Lisa Pickoff-White of KQED Public Radio
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 11:20am
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

You've got a great story idea but no one tracks the data. Time to quit, right? Wrong. We'll show you the tools, and the pitfalls, of making your own data when no data exists.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Ricardo Brom is an Electronic Engineer that has been working for more than 25 years as IT Manager at La Nación (newspaper Argentina). In the last years, from LNDATA, he designed scraping tools for more than 200 sources (including updating and data transformation process), and provided data sets, technology and support to journalists to investigate and document findings, creating a journalistic knowledge base. Now he is in the newsroom, with full time dedication to DATA.

  • Griff Palmer has been with The New York Times for 10 years. He has contributed reporting to two Pulitzer Prize projects. He shared the 2009 IRE Medal with fellow staffers for Charles Duhigg's Toxic Waters series. In 2013, he shared the Associated Press Sports Editors investigative prize and the New York Press Club Gold Keyboard Investigative Journalism Award with Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape, Rebecca Ruiz and Dara Miles for “Breakdown,” an in-depth look at horse racing.

  • Lisa Pickoff-White is a data reporter at KQED, a public radio and tv station based in San Francisco. She previously has worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting and other outlets. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive. Feathered dinosaur and data enthusiast. @pickoffwhite

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