Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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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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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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