The data sleuth's guide to the social web

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jane Lytvynenko of BuzzFeed News; Lam Thuy Vo of BuzzFeed News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether you're spotting bots by plotting their activity levels or you're analyzing the spread of hate speech or misinformation in quantitative ways — there are many ways for journalists to investigate stories on the social web. 

This demo will walk through various approaches to leverage social media data for different kinds of stories and talk about the kinds of tools needed to report them out. 

Speaker Bios

  • Jane Lytvynenko is a journalist with BuzzFeed News, where she covers online misinformation. Her work focuses on analyzing the spread of fake news, digital deception, and the rise of hyperpartisanship though online platforms. She has written about illegal online drug sales, cryptocurrency scams, and uncovered networks of fake accounts using social media to dupe users and profit from the online ecosystems. She lives in Toronto. @janelytv

  • 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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