Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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Andy Boyle: On Developing Data Apps and Presenting Data

August 23, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Andy Boyle is a full-stack web developer for NBC’s BreakingNews.com and has worked for a range of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and New York Times. Andy specializes in developing data apps such as the Chicago Tribune Election Center, which tracks election data and news. Other notable work he’s done includes an interactive crime map for the City of Chicago, which tracks shootings and crime in the greater Chicagoland area, and a parole decision app for the Boston Globe that simulates the parole decision-making process for second-degree murderers.

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Jonah Newman: Collaborating on Data Projects

August 17, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Jonah Newman is a database reporter for the Chicago Reporter. His recent joint project on police misconduct settlements is an ambitious endeavour to make these cases more transparent by providing lawsuit data going back to 2012 in an easily searchable and sortable database. Jonah’s criminal justice coverage in the City of Chicago has included stories on racial profiling by the University of Chicago police department, and data visualizations on youth opinions on police and gun violence. Previously a database reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington DC, Jonah started out in Chicago, at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Looking for Data on Data Journalism

August 15, 2016 by Nate Williams

After ten fantastic interviews with data journalists about their work, one point is already clear – data literacy is an increasingly essential skill.

Matt Keifer of the Chicago Reporter puts it succinctly: “Data is getting to be ubiquitous. … I think that ‘data journalism’ is an anachronism waiting to happen. Just call it journalism.”

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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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Tim Broderick: On Data Projects and Probing Illinois School Data

August 4, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Tim Broderick is the Editor of Data Journalism and Graphics at the Daily Herald where he also reports extensively on education issues. His ambitious data project, the “Poverty-Achievement Index”, is a joint analysis between the Herald and WBEZ, measuring the link between poverty and school achievement in elementary and high schools across the State of Illinois.

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Daniel Hertz: Demographic Data and Slim Margins of Error

August 2, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Daniel Hertz is a Senior Fellow at the City Observatory, a website and think tank devoted to data-driven analysis of cities and the policies that shape them. A recent graduate of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Daniel writes extensively on urban issues in the City of Chicago. His original research and data visualizations have been cited by the Chicago Tribune and Toronto Star among others. Most recently, he’s launched The Chicago Dispatch, an online publication that publishes interviews, essays and articles about the Windy City.

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