Humanizing numbers

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica; Katie Park of The Washington Post; Ron Nixon of The Associated Press; Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 3:20pm
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Ron Nixon, The New York Times

Can a data-driven project be personal and provoke empathy in readers? Sometimes a chart doesn't portray the full impact of an individual's story; sometimes a well written narrative glosses over the larger pattern. In this session, we'll look at projects that try to tackle the problem of humanizing numbers and discuss whether empathetic data viz is even possible.

Speaker Bios

  • Ryan Gabrielson is a reporter for ProPublica covering the U.S. justice system. His work has received numerous national honors, including a Pulitzer Prize, two George Polk Awards, a Livingston Award for national reporting, the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting and a pair of Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

  • 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. 

  • Katie Park is a graphics editor at the Washington Post, where she designs, develops and reports interactive data visualization projects. She has previously worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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