April 28th, 2010
I’m putting together a panel on open data and data visualization on May 1 with a spectacular lineup of speakers (folks from Hacks/Hackers, Center for Public Integrity, MAPLight and Knight Digital Media Center). It’s part of the Journalism Innovations III conference that’s running from April 30-May 2, and it’s a pay-what-you-can event that’s open to journalists and the public. Hope to see you there!
Here are the details:
“Data to Diamonds: How to Mine Data, Build Maps, and Generate Great Story Ideas Along the Way”
Saturday, May 1
University of San Francisco
Registration at Fromm Hall
As more data, statistics and public records become digitally available, how do we begin to tell stories based on this material in a way that is easily understandable and useful to the public? This is a hands-on, skills-building workshop that will teach reporters how to:
*Locate and access digital data while also gaining a better view of how to gain access to information that still isn’t widely available
*Find narratives among the numbers
*Combine databases with storytelling
*Create visual representations of data using free web tools
Burt Herman, Hacks/Hackers (moderator)
Burt Herman is founder of Hacks/Hackers, a nationwide organization of journalists and technologists, and co-founder of Publitweet, a real-time curation platform. As a bureau chief and correspondent for The Associated Press for a dozen years, he reported from Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. Burt was a 2008-9 Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.
Michele Horaney, MAPLight.org
Michele M. Horaney APR is communications director at MAPLight.org. Previously, she was manager of public affairs at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Earlier in her career, she was an editor and reporter at the Marin Independent-Journal in Novato, CA, and at newspapers in Illinois. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity’s Data Mine Project
Jim Morris has been a journalist since 1978, focusing on public health, labor and the environment. He has won more than 50 awards for his work. He directs the Center for Public Integrity’s Data Mine project, which highlights federal data sets needlessly being withheld from the public.
Len De Groot, Knight Ditigal Media Center
Len De Groot is a Digital Media Trainer for at the Knight Digital Media Center at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, he was the graphics director for WSFL-TV and the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in South Florida, created and directed news graphics for print, interactive graphics for the paper’s Web site and animated news graphics and packages for a morning television news show and television station promotions.
More information about the conference (including a downloadable schedule) is viewable here.