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Matt Kiefer: Anachronisms, Data Exclusivity and Teaching the Best Tools

July 28, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Matt Kiefer is a data editor for The Chicago Reporter, an investigative news outlet that focuses on race, poverty, and income inequality in Chicago and beyond. Previously also at the Chicago Sun-Times and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) researcher at the Better Government Association, a Chicago-based investigative journalism non-profit organization, Matt spent two years as a software programmer before returning to the field of journalism where he now contributes to key data-driven reporting such as the Reporter’s recent “Settling for Misconduct“.

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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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Alex Richards: On Data Tools, Challenges, and Being Skeptical

July 21, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

Alex Richards is an investigative data reporter at NerdWallet, a personal finance website that empowers people to make and manage financial decisions. His previous work at the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and publications like the Chicago Tribune and the Las Vegas Sun, such as his reporting on Las Vegas hospitals whitewashing life-threatening complications, have earned him accolades such as a Pulitzer Prize nod in the local reporting category and a shared FOI medal from IRE for his more recent work on a truancy epidemic in Chicago.

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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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Digging into Data Journalism: Our Summer Research Project

July 13, 2016 by Nate Williams

This summer, we’ve started a new research project. The goal? To find out more about data journalism, and what, if anything, might make journalism-related data projects easier.

Our core question: are there any common data bottlenecks that data journalists encounter that Flex.io can help eliminate or reduce?

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Civic Hacking: Catching Up with Chi Hack Night

June 30, 2016 by Isabelle Lim

If you haven’t already heard of Chi Hack Night, you probably should.

Originally known as Open Gov Hack Night, this weekly gathering of open data aficionados, data scientists and civic technology mavens is a fixture in the Chicago data ecosystem. The community shares a common mission “to build, share and learn about tools to create, support, and serve the public good.”

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