Space journalism: Using satellite imagery for data projects

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Brian Jacobs of National Geographic; Derek Watkins of The New York Times; Al Shaw of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

In this panel we'll discuss the basics of remote sensing and how recent and historic satellite data can be used in data-driven projects. Space agencies are actively making this data more readily accessible to the public and it can be used to create beautiful and revealing images of anywhere in the world. In projects at The New York Times and ProPublica, we've used this imagery to tell visual and geographic stories, integrating it with other geographic datasets and on-the-ground reporting. We'll discuss how we acquired the data from NASA data centers along with the visual and programmatic techniques that can be used to process it.

Speaker Bios

  • Brian Jacobs is a Creative Developer at National Geographic. Last year he was a Knight-Mozilla fellow at ProPublica. @btjakes

  • Al Shaw is a news applications developer at ProPublica where he uses data and interactive graphics to cover environmental issues, natural disasters and politics.

  • Derek Watkins is a Graphics Editor at the New York Times, where he variously works as a designer, developer, reporter and geographer to visually present the news. @dwtkns

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