Data Storytelling: Unlocking News Through Computing: Sarah Cohen, NYTimes

Starts:
3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ends:
5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Location:
Hariri Institute
Data mining and journalism go hand in hand, and data-savvy journalists are those who will succeed in the coming decade. From Edward Snowden's data dump to the local police's record on solving crimes, reporters and editors can't count on government to provide independent analysis of its performance, or hold itself accountable. It takes the ability to use open APIs, visualize trends, scrape difficult websites and use the latest techniques in machine learning and natural language processing to tease out the information that the public needs to know. Sarah Cohen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former Knight Chair in Computational Journalism who now runs the investigative database reporting desk at The New York Times, will discuss the opportunities and challenges in computation in journalism. RSVP to Maggie Mulvihill, mmulvih@bu.edu