Turning data into damn good audio and video journalism

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Corey of Star Tribune; Kavya Sukumar of Hearken; Nancy Watzman of Lynx LLC; Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado F
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma

Go beyond mapping, graphing and searching, and use your computer to create compelling multimedia journalism — with data. From tracking influence in political ads by mining metadata to "sonifying" an earthquake boom, this panel will teach you techniques and tools to help you transform numbers into immersive, explanatory news.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • A news developer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN. Past lives at Reveal and the Des Moines Register. Analog/digital synthesizer. Current interests include mapping, science, history, data on the radio, police use of force and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. @mikejcorey

  • Kavya Sukumar is a developer-journalist at Hearken working on tech for the audience engagement space. She was an Opennews fellow in 2015 and has worked at Vox.com and The Palm Beach Post. Follow her @kavyaSukumar.

  • Nancy Watzman is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher, strategist, a who works on the cusp of technology and journalism. Her career spans work with the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Center for Responsive Politics, and the Democracy Fund. In 2019, she served as director of the Colorado Media Project, and in 2018, as outreach editor for the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy. 

  • Joe Wertz is a senior reporter and managing editor covering environment for StateImpact Oklahoma, a journalism collaboration of NPR member stations in Oklahoma. He reports regularly national NPR audiences and other national outlets and networks, and serves as president of Freedom of Information Oklahoma, an open records and government transparency nonprofit. He lives in Oklahoma City and studied journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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