Data journalists and data teams: Where we are and where we want to go

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Scott Klein of ProPublica; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times; Reg Chua of Reuters
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Reg Chua, Reuters

Join a roundtable discussion about how data teams are developing and being organized as the need for new skills and more specialization grows. How do practices differ in small and large newsrooms, and in daily news organizations and investigative centers? How are career tracks for data journalists evolving, and how are potential managers of such teams being groomed and trained?

Speaker Bios

  • Reg Chua is Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data & Innovation at Reuters, where he oversees newsroom operations, safety and security, technology development and graphics, and helped bring data journalism to the newsroom. Previously he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Editor of the Journal's Asia edition.

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at ASU. Previously, she worked as the editor of a data reporting team at The New York Times focused on long-term enterprise and investigative stories, and as a database editor for The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize and the IRE medal. She is a past president of IRE, and served on the board for eight years.

  • Scott Klein is a deputy managing editor at ProPublica. He oversees ProPublica's visual and data journalism. He also manages ProPublica's Electionland project, which is a large-scale cross-newsroom collaboration that covers voting and election integrity. Scott is also a co-founder of DocumentCloud and a board member of MuckRock. Twitter handle: @kleinmatic 

  • Jennifer LaFleur is the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

  • Ben is the editor of the Data and Graphics Department in the Los Angeles Times newsroom. The team of reporters and computer programmers works together to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. He is also a co-founder of the California Civic Data Coalition, a network of journalists and computer programmers dedicated to opening up public data, and the leader of PastPages, an open-source effort to better archive digital news. @palewire

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