Data journalism in the university: Making the paradigm shift

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Meredith Broussard of New York University; Matt Waite of University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Brant Houston of University of Illinois
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 3:20pm
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

*Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois

Experienced teachers offer recommendations on how to construct a sensible and practical syllabus, how to integrate it into a curriculum, how to keep up with the profession, and how to being in adjuncts when the current professors can't teach it.

This session is good for: Anyone teaching part-time or full-time or planning to.

Speaker Bios

  • Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. Follow her on Twitter @merbroussard or contact her via

  • Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Before Illinois he was executive director of IRE for more than a decade after 17 years as an award-winning investigative reporter in U.S. newsrooms. He is author of  "Data for Journalists: A Practical Guide to Computer-Assisted Reporting" and co-author of "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook." He works with nonprofit newsrooms and co-founded INN and GIJN. 

  • Matt Waite is a professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches courses in reporting, data journalism and data visualization. From 2000-2011, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times where he developed the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact, was an investigative reporter for the Times and co-authored Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss. @mattwaite

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