Management: Leading the data reporting team

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Helena Bengtsson of Sveriges Television; John Kelly of ABC; Janet Roberts of Reuters
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Managing a data team or data story presents challenges for any editor. This session takes an editor's point of view on the ins and outs of managing data journalism. Topics include helping reporters find focus for their data stories; being skeptical of data and finding potential pitfalls; verifying analyses and bulletproofing data stories and apps; using data to find human sources and characters for stories; and planning the best data workflows for your newsroom.

Speaker Bios

  • Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian, UK, between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was Database Editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. She was awarded Stora Journalistpriset (The Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism) in Sweden twice, in 2010 for and in 2016 for innovator of the year. @HelenaBengtsson

  • John Kelly is is an investigative reporter who leads data journalism for Disney's ABC Owned Television Stations in eight markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. He's been a reporter, editor and leader in print, broadcast, wire service and digital newsrooms for 25 years including The Associated Press and USA TODAY. He led dozens of award-winning investigations, including a 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2020 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. He remains based in the Florida community he fell in love with while covering the space program. @jkelly3rd

  • Janet Roberts heads the data journalism team at Reuters and has been wringing stories out of data since she was a student in Phil Meyer’s journalism class at UNC. Before Reuters, she worked at the New York Times, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Wilmington Star-News. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. @jersey_janet

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