Mining data from the social web

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Lam Thuy Vo of BuzzFeed News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Great America
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From President Donald Trump’s Twitter account to fake news — social media platforms have become a major source of news.

This session will give journalists the ability to harvest information from the social web in structured and automated ways. Participants will learn how to collect information from Facebook pages and Twitter accounts via scraping and APIs and turn them into spreadsheets. Attendees should have their own Twitter and Facebook accounts and create app IDs for API access in advance of the session. 

This session is good for: People who have a basic grasp of programming concepts. You do not need to be proficient in coding. 

Speaker Bios

  • Lam Thuy Vo is a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News where she tells data-driven stories about the intersection of technology and society. Previously, she's reported for and led digital initiatives at The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America and Planet Money. She has worked as an educator for a decade, developing newsroom-wide trainings, workshops and semester-long courses. She’s currently writing a Python textbook on social media data for No Starch Press. @lamthuyvo

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