Covering the 2020 Census

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Mark Hansen of Columbia Journalism School; Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Gerson Vasquez of Census Bureau; Hansi Wang of NPR
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Salon C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Census 2020 is less than a year away, and many different kinds of reporting will be required to adequately cover it. From lawsuits and policies to misinformation campaigns on social media, to the new changes to differential privacy rules around data release, a journalist working the census has a vast beat. 

Local outlets have a special responsibility to make sure their communities are informed of the impact of being adequately counted. This means stories that underscore the importance of a good count (for both political as well as economic reasons -- nearly $900 billion a year in federal funds will return to communities based on these counts), and make sure their vulnerable populations are being addressed. 

This panel discussion will cover the different aspects involved in adequately covering the 2020 Census, including both Census officials and journalists currently on the beat.

Speaker Bios

  • 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

  • Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

  • Gerson Vásquez is the Data Visualization Lead for the U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he is working towards creating better understanding of demographic and socioeconomic data through interactive visualizations. Vásquez continues serving as a speaker on various census data topics, including 2020 Census planning and innovations using the Census API. He also specializes in census data on the Hispanic population within the U.S. @uscensusbureau

  • Hansi Lo Wang is a national correspondent based at NPR's New York bureau. Wang covers the 2020 census, the changing demographics of the U.S. and breaking news for NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, hourly newscasts and NPR.org. He tweets a lot about the census @hansilowang.

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