Sensor journalism: How do we do it and what are the limits?

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Corey of Star Tribune; Marianne Bouchart of Data Journalism Awards; Denise Lu of The New York Times; Kelly Calagna of Northwestern University Knight Lab
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Journalists are using a wide range of sensors to find stories, from spectrometers in space to cameras on drones to Raspberry Pis on the street. We'll talk about our processes, what we'd like to see more of, the challenges, and discuss the variety of ethical frameworks that may overlap and even contradict each other.

Speaker Bios

  • Marianne Bouchart is a data journalist based in France. She is the manager of the Data Journalism Awards. She is also the founder and director of HEI-DA, a media nonprofit building data journalism, open data and web innovation projects around the world. Before launching HEI-DA, Marianne spent 10 years in London where she worked as a web producer, data journalism and graphics editor for Bloomberg News. She also created the Data Journalism Blog in 2011. @Maid_Marianne

  • Kelly Calagna is a postgraduate fellow at Northwestern University's Knight Lab. She is part of a team that is developing an environmental sensor project, called SensorGrid. As an environmental journalist, Kelly has covered topics from sea level rise in Puerto Rico to climate change research on the Tibetan Plateau. Kelly earned her MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism and has a communications degree from UCLA. @kellycalagna

  • 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

  • Denise Lu makes maps, charts, data visualizations and other knickknacks. She is currently a graphics editor at The New York Times and was previously a graphics editor at The Washington Post. @DeniseDSLu

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