30 (maybe 20) ideas for local energy stories that use data sets that you can access RIGHT NOW

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Dan Boyce of Colorado Public Radio; Stephanie Joyce of Inside Energy; Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy; Jordan Wirfs-Brock of Inside Energy
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Penrose
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Energy is the spinach of the media world - it's an important topic, but no one really wants it on their plate. But did you know that there’s a dataset compiling the number of times squirrels have chewed through power lines and caused blackouts? From the oil coming out of the ground to the electrons flowing out of your wall socket, energy stories are everywhere. In this rapid-fire session, we’ll share story ideas and datasets you can uncover in your own community, as well as ways to turn the spinach into an aperitif.

Speaker Bios

  • Dan is the Southern Colorado Reporter for Colorado Public Radio.

    @BoyceDan

  • Stephanie reports on energy and natural resources for Wyoming Public Radio and Inside Energy. Her stories can often be heard on NPR, Marketplace and other public radio programs. @stephaniemjoyce

     

  • Jordan Wirfs-Brock is a data journalist at Inside Energy, a public media collaboration that brings energy reporting down to earth. She loves finding elegant ways of communicating complex issues, whether through words, maps, graphics, animations or audio. Previously, she worked in the Piton Foundation's Data Initiative, using hyper-local data to help non-profits improve their communities. You can often find Jordan running up and down mountains, doodling, or brewing beer.

     

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  • 30 (maybe 20) ideas for local energy stories that use data sets that you can access RIGHT NOW
    Energy is the spinach of the media world - it's an important topic, but no one really wants it on their plate. But did you know that there’s a dataset compiling the number of times squirrels have chewed through power lines and caused blackouts? From the oil coming out of the ground to the electrons flowing out of your wall socket, energy stories are everywhere. https://github.com/InsideEnergy/24-energy-stories-CAR16 https://github.com/InsideEnergy/24-energy-stories-CAR16/blob/master/30EnergyStories.pptx?raw=true