Visualization for reporting

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Coulter Jones of The Wall Street Journal; Michelle Minkoff of The Associated Press
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 3:20pm
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Graphics! They can help us find interesting story ideas, or pinpoint numbers to use as evidence in our reporting. Often we think of graphics as an end product. When used for reporting, however, graphics are a powerful tool to explore trends and stories. We'll discus what types of visualizations can help you find stories you may miss, make some visualizations right in Excel, and demo some easy, non-programmatic tools that allow you to go deeper in your data. We'll also cover both numbers and unstructured text as data. These visualizations are not for publication, but rather a sketchpad for reporters and data analysts.

Speaker Bios

  • Coulter Jones is a reporter who specializes in using data analysis, programming and open records to report compelling stories. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Jones worked as an investigative and data reporter for MedPage Today, New York Public Radio, The Center for Investigative Reporting and newspapers in Pennsylvania. @coulterjones 

  • Michelle Minkoff is a Data Journalist at the Associated Press, which has been her intellectual home since 2011. Minkoff creates, cleans and analyzes data sets, with an interest in environmental reporting, and also dabbles in data visualization for analysis. Previously, she worked at PBS and as an intern at the LA Times' Data Desk. She also taught data journalism at Northwestern's Medill School, of which she is a 2010 graduate. @michelleminkoff

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