So you want to be a lonely coder

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Lindsey Cook of The New York Times; Brent Jones of St. Louis Public Radio; Alexandra Kanik of Louisville Public Media; Scott Pham of BuzzFeed News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Scott Pham, Reveal/CIR

How do you transition from a journalist who does data stuff sometimes to a full-fledged coder in your newsroom and what happens when you do? This session will help you take your data skills to the next level by giving you easy-to-replicate projects and newsroom tools that involve minimal coding and can be done in most locations and beats. Panelists will take you through some “easy wins” for your newsroom and discuss their experiences navigating newsrooms as the only coder in the room, as well as how to get buy-in from your boss and to convince higher-ups of the extra value in these types of projects.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Lindsey Cook is an editor for digital storytelling and training at The New York Times, where she leads data trainings for reporters and editors. Before joining NYT, she was the data editor at U.S. News & World Report. 

  • Brent Jones is the data visual specialist at St. Louis Public Radio. Working with a newsroom of nearly 30 journalists, his job includes creating graphics for stories, stand-alone sites for projects and developing/discovering and training staff on newsroom tools. He previously worked at the St. Louis Beacon and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University's journalism school, where he is also teaching a course in data journalism this semester. @brentajones

  • Alexandra Kanik (@act_rational) works for Louisville Public Media, the parent organization of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Ohio Valley ReSource. She spends her days writing language-agnostic code, creating data visualizations and trying to understand newsroom analytics.

  • Scott Pham is a Data Reporter for BuzzFeed News where he has reported on everything from diversity in the Oscars to the opioid crisis. @scottpham

Related Tipsheets

  • So you want to be a lonely coder?
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