Visual journalism for tiny news desks

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kaeti Hinck of The Washington Post; Jaeah Lee of independent journalist; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

How can a small news team thin on resources produce awesome graphics on the regular? Where do design and data best practices break down for newsrooms with little manpower? How do you decide what story format works best under shifting deadlines? This session will take a close look at how a handful of small and medium newsrooms are building visually striking stories (maps, charts, immersive interactives) on a shoestring, going behind the scenes of some recent examples. Join this session and pick up tips, tools, and best practices to take back to your newsroom.

This session will be most helpful if:

You work in a small newsroom that wants to do more visual storytelling

You work in a newsroom without a graphics team and want to do more visual storytelling

You want to incorporate more visual/interactive elements into your own reporting

You produce graphics (static or interactive) for your newsroom and are looking for ways to improve how you work with the rest of the newsroom

Speaker Bios

  • Jaeah Lee is an independent journalist in San Francisco and an inaugural recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. Jaeah was previously a staff reporter at Mother Jones, where she covered policing after Ferguson. She was a 2017 senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a restorative narrative fellow with Images and Voices of Hope. She serves on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association's SF-Bay Area chapter.

  • Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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