Teaching data journalism and computer-assisted reporting: Your best ideas

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Meredith Broussard of New York University; Brant Houston of University of Illinois
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Denver III-IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Meredith Broussard, New York University & Brant Houston, University of Illinois

What works best when teaching college-level computer-assisted reporting or data journalism courses? Find out in this session featuring a series of 5-minute lightning talks dedicated to teaching students how to use data in journalism. Instructors will highlight successful approaches, best teaching techniques, data for students, and more. The following talks will be included:

  • *Meredith Broussard, New York University - Professor Sysadmin: How to privately publish problem sets in data journalism classes
  • *Danielle Cervantes, Point Loma Nazarene University - Le Morte d'Arthur: Or How I Used the Sudden Death of My Dog to Teach Backgrounding with Data and Docs
  • *Steve Doig, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism - Hunting for data easter eggs
  • *Aimee Edmondson, Ohio University - Keeping the zombies out of my classroom: Data for the college crowd
  • *Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Columbia College Chicago - Teaching students through their stomachs
  • *Scott Klein, ProPubica - Make it stick with quizzes
  • *Christian McDonald, Austin American-Statesman - Regular expressions
  • *Matt Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Python/Jupyter Notebooks/Agate as the tool chain we really need

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 meredithbroussard.com.

  • 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. 

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