Make every international story a data story

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Eva Constantaras of Internews; Giannina Segnini Picado of Columbia Journalism School; Mar Cabra of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Some international headlines just won't stop. There's endless fighting in Ukraine.  So, let’s find out where are those weapons are coming from.  Greece may default on its loans unless it reforms its tax system. We can calculate how many Greek citizens actually pay taxes. Nigeria’s elections are plagued by corruption. Let’s have a look at the how much was being transferred to politicians from Swiss bank accounts.   With a dearth of quality international news coverage, a little bit of data can transform breaking news on the crisis of the week into in-depth coverage that leads to greater accountability.  This session will dissect some of the biggest international investigations of the year, the data behind them and their global and local impact.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Mar Cabra is a multimedia investigative reporter from Spain, member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her award-winning work has revealed the systematic use of tax havens, misuse of EU fishing subsidies, overfishing in the South Pacific, exposed the lucrative trade of body parts and the overmedication of foster children in the US. She also teaches data journalism in two master degrees and coordinates monthly workshops in the topic in Madrid.

  • Eva Constantaras is a data journalist specialized in building data journalism teams in developing countries. These teams that have reported from across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East  and Africa on topics ranging from broken foreign aid and food insecurity to extractive industries and public health. As a Google Data Journalism Scholar and a Fulbright Fellow, she developed a course for investigative and data journalism in high-risk environments. @evaconstantaras

  • Giannina Segnini is the director of the Data Journalism Degree at Columbia University in New York City. She also oversees the Cross-border Data Investigative Fellowship at the J-School, an initiative to investigate organized crime and corruption across borders using data. Segnini is an investigative journalist from Costa Rica, where she used to lead a team of reporters that triggered more than 50 criminal investigations after their revelations.

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