Uncovering racial and economic divides using data

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Tim Henderson of The Pew Charitable Trusts; David Herzog of IRE and NICAR; Malik Singleton of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 11:20am
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Malik Singleton, New York University

The journalists on this panel have sparked debate and action from their reporting on social disparities and economic inequality. They have also produced key examples of interactive data-driven storytelling that amateur and advanced professionals will appreciate. This session will look at their investigations about recent national news, with particular focus on:

• Data that demonstrates the "resegregation" of American schools and the methodologies used;

• Data related to the President's "Middle class economics" proposals;

• Data about "economic harassment" in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere;

• How data reporters can proceed when there's a serious lack of data on controversial events.

Speaker Bios

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer with The New York Times Magazine and a founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which aims to increase the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones' work covering school and housing segregation has earned numerous awards, including a Peabody, a Polk Award and a National Magazine Award. In 2017 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. 

  • Tim Henderson is senior demographics reporter for the Stateline news service at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC. He has been a reporter and database  manager at the Miami Herald and Gannett Newspapers in suburban New York. @TimHendersonSL

  • David Herzog is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches data journalism and serves as the NICAR academic adviser. He’s the author of Data Literacy: A User’s Guide (SAGE Publications, 2015) and is helping launch an online M.S. degree in Data Science and Analytics at the University of Missouri. Before teaching, he had nearly 15 years of reporting experience at The Providence Journal, The Baltimore Sun and The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.

  • Malik Singleton teaches interactive data reporting at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and also trains faculty in instructional technology at NYU. He has worked in various newsrooms, including TIME.com, Crain's New York Business, Black Enterprise Magazine, and LA Weekly Newspaper. He earned his BA from Morehouse College and his MS from Pace University.

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