How to find stories in data through visualization (intermediate) *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Alberto Cairo of University of Miami; Mark Hansen of Columbia Journalism School; Olga Pierce of University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Rachael Tatman of Kaggle
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grace
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Working with data is a kind of interview - it is a complex back-and-forth, drawing out the expressiveness of data. The process is often visual, depending heavily on a sequence of graphical displays, "visualizations." This three-hour workshop will focus on the concepts and skills you need to use data visualization effectively as part of your reporting practice - to conduct a data interview. You will learn how to spot trends, highlight changes over time, identify outliers, make meaningful comparisons, and describe important patterns in your data - all through the effective use of visualization strategies. This class will be based in the R language, and distributed through Jupyter notebooks. These pre-built examples can later be customized to suit your own projects when you return to your newsroom.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Attendees must bring a laptop and charger to the training.

Workshop prerequisites: You should be comfortable working with data and not be scared of code, though no previous coding experience is necessary.

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

Speaker Bios

  • Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami and the director of the Visualization Program at UM's Center for Computational Science. He's been a graphics director a media publications in Spain and Brazil, and he's currently a consultant for companies like Google. He's also the author of several books about visualization, such as 'How Charts Lie' (2019) and 'The Truthful Art' (2016). @albertocairo

  • Mark Hansen is a Professor in the Columbia Journalism School where he also serves as director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. Prior to joining Columbia, he was a professor in the Department of Statistics at UCLA. Hansen began his career as a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He holds a BS in Applied Math from UC Davis, and a PhD and MA in Statistics from UC Berkeley. @cocteau

  • Olga Pierce is on the faculty at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Data Journalism Adviser to ProPublica. Previously, she worked at ProPublica for ten years as a reporter and Deputy Data Editor. She is a graduate of the Stabile Investigative Seminar at Columbia University. @olgapierce

  • Rachael has a PhD in linguistics and works on Kaggle's public datasets platform. @rctatman.

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