Data Journalism in the Years of Challenges

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Data Journalism in the Years of Challenges Webinar
Tuesday, March 9 | 4:15-5:45PM
In recent years, amid chaos and disruptions, data journalism drove the reporting for many news organizations

Data Journalism in the Years of Challenges - Webinar | 4:15-5:45PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Registration required. Open to public.

This panel will discuss the use, reporting, storytelling of and the (mis)trust in data, during a time when societies fight a pandemic, uphold democracy, protest against inequality, and rebuild unity.

Moderator: Haiyan Jia, Department of Journalism and Communication

Panelists:

  • Meghan Hoyer, Data Director, The Washington Post

  • Troy Thibodeaux, Data Journalism Team Editor, The Associated Press

  • Andrew McGill, Editor of Interactive News, Politico

  • Alexis Madrigal and Robinson Meyer, Staff Writers at The Atlantic, co-founders of The COVID Tracking Project

Meet the Panelists

Meghan Hoyer
Data Director, The Washington Post

Meghan Hoyer (@MeghanHoyer) is the Data Director at The Washington Post, where she leads a team of data journalists whose work ranges from long-term investigations to breaking local news. She previously was data editor at The Associated Press.

Troy Thibodeaux
Data Journalism Team Editor, The Associated Press

Troy Thibodeaux (@tthibo) is the data science and news applications editor for The Associated Press. He leads a team of data journalists based around the U.S. who work with reporters, editors and visual journalists to find and tell stories from data. He also oversees teams working on newsroom tools and automation efforts. He previously served as database editor for the AP’s Washington, D.C. bureau, developing data-driven stories and interactives on politics, government and elections. Before joining AP, Thibodeaux served as a technical coordinator for Advance Internet, where he was part of a the team developing emergency applications and maintaining operations for Nola.com during Hurricane Katrina, work for which The Times Picayune/Nola.com received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Andrew McGill
Editor of Interactive News, Politico

Andrew McGill (@andrewmcgill) is the editor of the Interactive News team at POLITICO. He focuses on using data and graphics to tell stories, and building products that connect the news to readers’ lived experiences. Before POLITICO, he worked at The Atlantic and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His first job was at The (Allentown) Morning Call, so he’s very familiar with Johnny’s Bagels and Billy’s Downtown Diner.

 

Alexis Madrigal
Staff Writer at The Atlantic, and co-founder of The COVID Tracking Project
@alexismadrigal
 

Robinson Meyer
Robinson Meyer (@yayitsrob) is a staff writer at The Atlantic and a co-founder of The COVID Tracking Project. He has covered science, politics, and technology for the magazine since 2012. He is the author of The Weekly Planet, The Atlantic’s weekly email newsletter on climate change, and he helped establish Planet, The Atlantic’s climate section. In 2020, Bloomberg Businessweek named Meyer and the COVID Tracking Project team to the Bloomberg 50, a list of “the people who defined an unprecedented year.” 
Meyer is a visiting fellow in journalism at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, and he is a two-time winner of the SEAL Award in Environmental Journalism. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and the BBC; and his reporting has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker. He holds a degree in music from Northwestern University. 

Haiyan Jai, Dept. Journalism & Communications

Moderator

Haiyan Jia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication. Her research interest focuses on the psychological and social effects of communication technology. She teaches data journalism and data storytelling, with an emphasis on the role of technology in reshaping the landscape of journalism, transforming readership, and enabling and empowering the new generation of journalists and citizens.
Haiyan will moderate the discussion between the invited panelist on the use, reporting, storytelling of and the (mis)trust in data, during a time when societies fight a pandemic, uphold democracy, protest against inequality, and rebuild unity.

Contact Information: Haiyan Jia (haj616@lehigh.edu)

This event is co-organized/co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Communication and I-DISC.