Digital mindset for storytelling

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Robert Benincasa of NPR; Rich Gordon of Medill School of Journalism; Amaya Verde of Univision
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

From the very beginning of an idea, what are the best ways to develop stories with a digital mindset? Learn key workflows, strategies and tools for gathering all of the pieces needed to tell a compelling story online. Hear about special considerations for data-driven stories and how to avoid overwhelming readers with numbers and stats. We'll discuss tools, platforms and best practices for digital storytelling, and show examples of how content can drive decisions about images, data visualization and narrative approaches.

Speaker Bios

  • Robert Benincasa does data analysis and reporting for NPR's Investigations Unit in Washington, D.C. His recent work includes a data analysis showing that U.S. coal miners have been exposed to toxic quartz dust in violation of federal health standards. The exposures are linked to an epidemic of a deadly form of black lung disease. Benincasa has been with NPR since 2008 and previously worked for The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press and Gannett News Service in Washington.

  • Rich Gordon is professor and director of digital innovation at the Medill School of Journalism. He was an early CAR adopter and the first new media director at The Miami Herald.  In 2007, Prof. Gordon won a Knight News Challenge grant to allow Medill to offer full scholarships to its master’s program in journalism to people with backgrounds or experience in computer programming. He is a co-founder of the Knight Lab at Northwestern. @richgor

  • Amaya Verde is a multimedia graphics artist at Univision in Miami. She began working as a visual journalist and information designer at the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. She was graphics editor at Negocio and graphics artist at El Economista, both focused in business and economic news. She created her own company that specialized in explanatory graphics and has also taught infographics and data visualization at International University of La Rioja in Spain. @amayaverde

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