A candid discussion on when and how data journalists disclose their methods

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Groskopf of Quartz; Stuart Thompson of The Wall Street Journal; Ryann Grochowski Jones of ProPublica; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post; Stuart Thompson of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Christopher Groskopf, Quartz

While a data journalist's toolkit is becoming more and more complex, the responsibility to disclose and explain our methods remains a bit murky. How do we explain to a lay audience our usage of models or machine learning techniques? What if there is an error in a library we used to perform our analysis? What do readers need to understand about our techniques to properly interpret the results of our analysis? Should we publish source/raw data? These are a few of the questions we will raise and attempt to answer — with your help. Audience participation will be an important part of this session. Let's figure out some transparency best practices for data journalists.

Speaker Bios

  • Ryann Grochowski Jones is the data editor at ProPublica. Previously, she was deputy editor for data at ProPublica and a data reporter at inewsource in San Diego. She received her master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she was a data librarian for IRE/NICAR. Ryann began her career as a municipal beat reporter for her hometown newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. @ryanngro

  • Christopher Groskopf is the Data Editor at Quartz where he uses and teaches data analysis techniques for news. He is also the author of of the Quartz Guide to Bad Data and the creator of open source tools such as csvkit, agate, and proof. Previously, Chris worked on the NPR Visuals team, built the PANDA Project, and wrote code for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Tyler, TX.

  • Stuart Thompson is the director of Enterprise Visuals and Interactive Graphics at The Wall Street Journal.

  • 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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