Sensor journalism: Buzz or BS?

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: John Keefe of Quartz; Travis Hartman of Reuters; Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State University; Matt Waite of University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The hype around Sensor Journalism is that it's a major new frontier in Data Journalism. So where are all the examples? Is it buzz or BS? We'll explore that, show some successes and unveil a few projects emerging from the lab.

Speaker Bios

  • Travis Hartman: Works for Reuters Graphics.  Formerly a photographer and photo editor.  likes dogs.

  • John Keefe is the investigations editor at Quartz. He also teaches classes on investigative reporting, product prototyping, and machine learning at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Before joining Quartz, he was Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC. Keefe blogs at and tweets as @jkeefe.

  • Amy Schmitz Weiss is a digital journalism innovator and associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. She teaches courses in basic writing and editing, data journalism, mobile journalism, sensor journalism, media entrepreneurship and spatial journalism. Her research interests include online journalism, media sociology, news production, multimedia journalism, and international communication. @digitalamysw

  • Matt Waite is a professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches courses in reporting, data journalism and data visualization. From 2000-2011, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times where he developed the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact, was an investigative reporter for the Times and co-authored Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss. @mattwaite

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