The way we look next: Mining past and future census data to predict diversity in race, income and aging

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Joe Germuska of Northwestern University Knight Lab; Paul Overberg of The Wall Street Journal; Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Stephanie Ewert of U.S. Census Bureau
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Jodi Upton, USA TODAY

The idea of a melting pot nation has gotten a lot of attention over the years, but is it really true? Whether it’s race, ethnicity, income, gender or other issues that separate us, how do we measure whether (and where) we are growing apart or together over the next few decades? Three experts will walk you through how to find the right detailed tables in the Census, how to build an index that can be used to compare nearly anything, and what the Census categories really mean (including whether we will really be majority-minority by mid-century).

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Stephanie Ewert is chief of the Foreign-Born Population Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau. The Foreign-Born Population Branch produces immigration data and conducts research that examines the socioeconomic characteristics of immigrants. Prior to joining the U.S. Census Bureau, Stephanie completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.

  • Joe is the Chief Nerd at Knight Lab, Northwestern's cross-disciplinary media/technology/design studio. He's also the project lead for Census Reporter, a website designed to make Census data easier for journalists. Before Northwestern, Joe was a founding member of the Chicago Tribune News Applications team. He is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab based on the South side of Chicago. @JoeGermuska

  • Paul Overberg is a data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects. He previously worked at USA TODAY, where he worked on projects that won the Philip Meyer Award for Precision Journalism and the National Headliner Award.

  • Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

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