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EJC to Host Expert Roundtable on Data-Driven Journalism

27 July 2010 | PROJECT NEWS


Ten, even five years ago, the use of data as a basis for reporting was difficult and costly, requiring IT skills far beyond what is common in media. Databases were used mainly by investigative journalists, whilst editors and reporters usually relied on information provided by outside sources.

Collections of data are now increasingly becoming available online, often for free. Open source tools allow quick navigation and analysis of large amounts of data, and online applications enable easy sharing and visualisation. Developing the know-how to use available data more effectively, to understand it, communicate and generate stories based on it, could be a huge opportunity to breathe new life into journalism. 

This 24 August, 2010, EJC in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, will hold a pioneering one-day roundtable in the Dutch capital. The event Data-driven journalism: What is there to learn? will bring together specialists in areas which intersect with data-driven journalism; experts in data mining, data visualisation and multimedia storytelling will all come together to discuss the possibilities of this emerging field, examine and understand necessary tools and workflows, and spread knowledge. 

The diverse programme includes speakers from: The New York Times (US), The Financial Times (UK), The Times (UK), The University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), The Open University (UK), The Open Knowledge Foundation (UK), Medienkombinat (Germany), Hacks/Hackers (US), OWNI (France), IBM (France), Ultra Knowledge (UK), and KB Consulting (Germany). The event is chaired by Mirko Lorenz, Data Driven Journalism project leader and Innovation Projects, Deutsche Welle. 

For more information please check the website. To share your suggestions and insights for this promising new journalism field, join the Data-Driven Journalism group on the EJC Online Community. On Twitter, mark-up related tweets with the Twitter hashtag #ddj. 

More information: Liliana Bounegru, tel.: +31 43 325 4030


Data Driven Journalism Initiative
Believing journalism also involves innovation, the EJC strives to promote Data Driven Journalism and focalise media and audience attention on this developing trend. With this in mind, we’ve created the first dedicated data journalism website, established a community of practitioners, organised workshops, and participated in the publication of the “Data Journalism Handbook".