Eileen Li

About Eileen Li

Eileen is a summer data journalism intern at Flex.io. When not reading through news articles or interviewing journalists this summer, she’s probably looking for food in one of Chicago’s many culinarily-rich neighborhoods.

Giannina Segnini: Using Data to Uncover New Stories

September 6, 2016 by Eileen Li

Giannina Segnini is the James Madison Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and the Director of the Master of Science Data Concentration Program. Prior to her academic career, Giannina worked as the editor of the investigative unit at La Nacion in Costa Rica. She has been involved in dozens of noteworthy investigative projects over the years, from building the offshore leaks database to assisting with shipping and trade data in the Panama Papers. Her work has garnered a long list of accolades and prizes, including the Maria Moors Cabot Award and the Excellence Award from the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation.

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Chris Groskopf: On Sharing Data and the Value of Transparency

September 1, 2016 by Eileen Li

Chris Groskopf is a reporter on the Things team at Quartz. Previously, he has worked on NPR’s visuals team and the news app team at the Chicago Tribune. Throughout his career as a data journalist, Chris has spent a lot of time building tools for other journalists, from the CSV kit to the PANDA Project to his most recent project, Agate, a data analysis library for Python. When not designing and refining data tools, he writes articles explaining issues from why it’s difficult to rig a US election to how the modern stock market is like a badly designed computer system.

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Manny Garcia: On the Role of an Editor in Data Journalism

August 30, 2016 by Eileen Li

Manny Garcia is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who is now the editor of the Naples Daily News. He previously served as the Executive Editor of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister paper of the Miami Herald. In his many years of reporting, he has uncovered absentee ballot fraud in Miami, collaborated with the Toronto Star to expose Canadian pedophiles in Cuba, and covered stories spanning Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Alden Loury: Using Data to Tackle the Hard Truths

August 25, 2016 by Eileen Li

Alden Loury is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at Metropolitan Planning Council, a nonprofit community organization for Chicago. This summer, he’s been working on a series of blog posts highlighting the growth of segregation in the suburbs, the difficulty of commuting to suburban jobs, and the population decline in Chicagoland. Alden previously worked as a senior policy analyst at the Better Government Association and as a reporter, senior editor, and publisher at the Chicago Reporter. His print journalism career stretches back to the 1990s, when he got his start at the News-Gazette in Champaign, IL.

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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein: Using Data to Ask Bigger Questions

August 9, 2016 by Eileen Li

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein currently lectures on journalism at Columbia College and was previously the database and investigative editor at Hoy, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper. He spent part of 2012 in Santiago, Chile where he taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Diego Portales. His numerous projects include investigating nursing home inequality with the Center for Public Integrity, examining the enduring rifts in Chilean society 40 years after the Pinochet coup, as well as actively blogging for the Huffington Post.

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Abe Epton On Data Journalism: Pandas, Pain Points, and More

July 27, 2016 by Eileen Li

Abe Epton is a data reporter at KUOW-FM, an NPR member station in Seattle, and was previously on the news app team at the Chicago Tribune. Before getting into data journalism, Abe worked at Google as a technical specialist in News and Books publisher support. While in Chicago, he used data to shed light on topics including the city’s automated speed camera program, lead testing in tap water, and young victims of homicides and shootings.

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Data Journalism 101: A Brief Survey

July 19, 2016 by Eileen Li

Welcome to the first post in our summer data journalism research series!

To kick things off, we started with a background survey of the topic. This meant doing some online digging to figure out who data journalists are, what issues they typically report on, and where to find some notable examples of their work. Here’s what we learned!

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