SOLD OUT: On the Media: Data skills and techniques for journalists

Talk September 22, 2010 7:00 PM

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What would you do if someone handed you 90,000 unfiltered documents and asked you to make a story out of it?

Managing large amounts of data is one of the key skills of the modern, digitally-minded journalist. So how do top data-driven journalists collate, analyse and present vast amounts of facts and figures into interactive graphics, searchable databases and fascinating charts.

Experts confirmed so far include:

— Simon Rogers, news editor (data) at The Guardian and editor of’s Datablog. Simon played a key role in turning some of the 90,000 documents given to Wikileaks into graphics and interactive charts. Read this fascinating article by Simon on how he did it.

David McCandless, writer, designer and author of Information is Beautiful, which “explores the potential of data visualisation as a new direction for journalist and story-telling.”

Julian Burgess, programmer and editorial developer at The Times, who will talk about using data in a practical newsroom environment and how journalists can add a real-time dimension to their work.

Michael Blastland, journalist and creator of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less programme. Michael will talk about how to use official sources and data and make sure you’re getting the real story behind the figures.

The Frontline Club’s On the Media series of events is produced in association with the BBC College of Journalism.

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