Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012

ONA @ Columbia: Doing Data Journalism

Doing Data Journalism: It’s Not Just Numbers

Data journalism is quickly becoming one of the hottest topics in the industry – but what exactly is it, and what tools, teams and techniques are necessary for doing it well?

On March 28th, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism will host several of data journalism’s most prominent innovators and practitioners for a discussion about the possibilities and pitfalls of this evolving field. We hope you will join us at Columbia Journalism School from 6 – 7:30pm to hear their perspectives and join the discussion.

Julia Angwin
Julia Angwin is an award-winning technology editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009). In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. In 2010, she led a team of reporters that chronicled the decline of online privacy in a series of articles titled “What They Know” that won the Gerald Loeb Award.
Scott Klein
Scott Klein is the Editor of News Applications at ProPublica, where he directs a team of journalist/programmers building large interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that help readers find the relevance of complex national stories to themselves and their communities. His team’s projects have included Dollars for Docs and The Opportunity Gap.

Aron Pilhofer
Aron Pilhofer is editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. His team blends journalism and technology to enhance The Times’s reporting online through social media, community and dynamic, data-driven Web applications. He is also co-founder of two news-related nonprofits: and Hacks and Hackers.

Mo Tamman
Maurice Tamman is data journalist with Reuters, prior to which he was a database editor and reporter with The Wall Street Journal. Recent works include an extensive analysis of Medicare fraud and abuse and work on home lending, banking and the financial crisis. He also teaches a class in investigative reporting methods with the Stabile Center at Columbia Journalism School.

Susan E. McGregor
Assistant Professor, Columbia Journalism School
Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Susan joined the Tow Center following four years as the Senior Programmer of the Online News Graphics team at the Wall Street Journal, where she developed hundreds of interactive graphics and data applications. In 2010, she was named as a winner in the Gerald Loeb Awards’ “Online Enterprise” category for her work on the Journal’s “What They Know” series, and was also a finalist for the 2007 Scripps Howard award in Web Reporting. Her work with the Tow Center focuses on data journalism and visualization, as well as data standards and cross-platform development.

Susan E. McGregor
Lam Thuy Vo

Lam is a multi-platform reporter, producing graphics, photographs, videos and blogposts for NPR’s Planet Money. Before joining NPR she was a multimedia editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she headed video operations for the newspaper across Asia. Her reporting has earned her a number of accolades including a Webby Award, a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award and a Society of Publishers in Asia Award.

Join several of data journalism’s most prominent innovators for a panel discussion in NYC.


Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012