How to help your TV newsroom achieve a data journalism mindset

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Taylor Mirfendereski of KING5 Seattle; Jake Whittenberg of KING5 Seattle
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 10:15am
  • Location: Montgomery A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Data journalism is a staple in many print newsrooms and for most investigative teams. But TV newsrooms have historically shied away from telling stories with data because it's complex, time-consuming and hard to explain in a visual and entertaining way. 

Here's the good news: It doesn't have to be so daunting! Our team at KING-TV teamed up with data experts at Microsoft to find visually compelling ways to integrate data into the daily mix. We came up with a style that shines on all platforms. In this Commons session, we'll share key takeaways from our journey, swap practical tips for building a newsroom culture that embraces data storytelling, and we'll work together to remove roadblocks on your path to achieving the data journalism mindset.

Speaker Bios

  • Taylor Mirfendereski is a special projects reporter at KING-TV, who specializes in digital storytelling and long-term investigations.  She combines text, video, photos and interactive graphics to produce in-depth multimedia stories. Her reporting has exposed many wrongs, including the mistreatment of wounded soldiers and the violation of special education laws. In 2014, she embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan to cover the impact of America's longest war. @TaylorMirf

  • Jake Whittenberg is an award-winning Anchor and Reporter at KING 5 News in Seattle. Jake spends a lot of his time building original content on-air and on KING's growing digital platforms. His evolution as a modern journalist and storyteller is now leading to millions of views on YouTube. He is also creating a new visual style of data journalism in partnership with Microsoft.

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