Editing the data story

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: David Armstrong of Georgia News Lab; Joel Engelhardt of The Palm Beach Post; Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; John Walton of BBC News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 4:30pm
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by David Armstrong, Georgia News Lab

Managing a data project presents challenges for any editor. Hear from a panel of veterans who have successfully guided data-based stories from conception to conclusion.

Speaker Bios

  • David Armstrong is the director of The Georgia News Lab, an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. He is a veteran investigative reporter and editor. He served as bureau chief of the National Security News Service in Washington, D.C., and earlier as editor of the Texas Observer. He is the principal author of the book, “America and the Islamic Bomb: the deadly compromise,” an investigation of global nuclear trafficking networks. @GeorgiaNewsLab

  • Joel Engelhardt is one of two investigative team editors at The Palm Beach Post, where he has worked since 1992. He spent 11 years as a reporter, seven years as an editorial writer and since late 2010 has been an I-team editor. Joel also worked for newspapers in Peoria, Ill., and Greeley, Colo. He is a Chicago native and 1983 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. @JoelEpbpost

  • Shawn McIntosh is editorial director at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, overseeing news content, including investigative reporting and data journalism. A career-long member of IRE, she credits the training and camaraderie offered here for any success she has had. She has previously been top editor in Jackson, Miss., and worked in investigative roles at The Dallas Morning News and USA TODAY. @shawnmcintosh and @AJCInvestigate

  • John Walton is Data Journalism Editor at BBC News. Recent projects include December’s UK general election online results coverage, the climate change project, How much warmer is your city?https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-985b9374-596e-4ae6-aa04-7fbcae4cb7ee  and a data project on deaths in Afghanistan, Afghanistan war: Tracking the killings. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49662640. John has taken mapping workshops at Nicar several times in the past. 

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