Humanizing numbers

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Elizabeth Shell of CCTV America; Kendall Taggart of BuzzFeed News; Malik Singleton of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 11:30am
  • Location: Denver III & IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Malik Singleton, New York University

Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Come to this session to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

  • Elizabeth Shell is an interactive designer, data visualizer, journalist coder, and digital editor at CCTV America. Before that she was the data producer at the PBS NewsHour.@elizabeth_shell

  • Malik Singleton teaches interactive data reporting at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and also trains faculty in instructional technology at NYU. He has worked in various newsrooms, including TIME.com, Crain's New York Business, Black Enterprise Magazine, and LA Weekly Newspaper. He earned his BA from Morehouse College and his MS from Pace University.

  • Kendall Taggart is reporter on the investigations team at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal. She's worked on projects about bad charities, dangerous pesticides and the criminal justice system. @KendallTTaggart

Related Tipsheets

  • Humanizing Numbers
    Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Read this tipsheet to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.

  • Humanizing Numbers
    Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Read this tipsheet to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.

  • Humanizing Numbers
    Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Read this tipsheet to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.