Flying solo: When your data “team” is just you

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kate Martin of Carolina Public Press; Scott Pham of BuzzFeed News; Chad Skelton of Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Brent Jones of St. Louis Public Radio
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 3:20pm
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Brent Jones, St. Louis Public Radio

Are you a data team of one? Are you not even a data team (yet)? Join us as we talk about how to do data all by yourself — finding it, cleaning it and visualizing it. We'll share tips and tools to make you more efficient and project examples to show you what';s possible for a solo data journalist. We'll also talk about how to avoid mistakes, find mentors and get buy-in from other reporters and editors in your newsroom.

Speaker Bios

  • Brent Jones is the data visual specialist at St. Louis Public Radio. Working with a newsroom of nearly 30 journalists, his job includes creating graphics for stories, stand-alone sites for projects and developing/discovering and training staff on newsroom tools. He previously worked at the St. Louis Beacon and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University's journalism school, where he is also teaching a course in data journalism this semester. @brentajones

  • Kate Martin is the lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press, formerly with The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. Her passion for data and open records has led her to expose a school district’s misspending of taxpayer funds, reveal Tacoma's police surveillance technology and show how veterans are being left behind in Puget Sound's hot housing market.  Her work has led to the creation of three state laws and the resignation of three elected officials. @Katereports

  • Scott Pham is a Data Reporter for BuzzFeed News where he has reported on everything from diversity in the Oscars to the opioid crisis. @scottpham

  • Chad Skelton is a journalism instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a freelance data journalist and data visualization trainer and consultant. In 2014, Chad won an international Data Journalism Award for best individual portfolio. At Kwantlen, Chad has developed the popular Citizen Journalism and Data Visualization courses. @chadskelton

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