Content & Context Speakers

Data Journalism Symposium

Catherine Bracy

Catherine Bracy runs Code for All, Code for America's international program. Until November 2012, she was a product manager and director of the Obama campaign's technology office in San Francisco. She also did outreach to the tech community for Tech4Obama. Prior to joining the campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation's 2011 News Challenge and before that was the administrative director at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Rajiv Bhatia

With formal training in engineering, medicine and public health, Dr. Bhatia's professional career has focused on improving government and political institutions to better meet human needs. Serving as the Director of Environmental Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 1998, Dr. Bhatia's work has advanced San Francisco's environmental, housing, and labor laws, has improved community and school food resources, and has integrated the objectives of public health with land use and transportation planning. Common strategies in these initiatives have been a holistic and systems view of problems and solutions, multi-stakeholder collaborations with public and private organizations, and new metrics for social and environmental performance, including the Sustainable Communities Index.

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo has taught Information Graphics and Visualization at the School of Communication at the University of Miami since January 2012. He is the author of two books, including the recently released The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (Peachpit Press, 2012). He has also been an instructor and consultant in more than twenty countries.

Cairo led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo (, Spain), in 2000, where he stayed until 2005. He has been a professor at the University of North Carolina (2005-2009), and director of Infographics at Editora Globo, Brazil (2010-2011).

Gustavo Faleiros

Knight International Journalism Fellow Gustavo Faleiros is an environmental journalist and media trainer who specializes in data-driven journalism. During his first Knight International Journalism Fellowship last year, Faleiros launched InfoAmazonia, a digital map that uses satellite and other publicly available data to monitor the Amazon rainforest. Faleiros helped create the Amazon Communications Network, which trained journalists and produced 200 stories about environmental issues. The network sprang from his earlier accomplishments at the Brazilian environmental news site O Eco, where Faleiros worked his way up to executive editor.

Faleiros began his career as a reporter forValor Econômico, Brazil’s main financial newspaper. He covered inflation, employment, infrastructure, energy, sanitation and transportation. In 2003, the World Bank awarded him a prize for a story on the water supply in rural areas near São Paulo.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy is a data reporter and interactive developer for The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization based in Austin, TX, where he creates mapping visualizations, builds data exploration tools and covers campaign finance and ethics issues at the state level. Ryan is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Tribune's government employee salary database. Ryan got his start at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism in 2010. While there, he served as web/multimedia editor at the university paper, The Daily Texan. He is a co-organizer of the Austin Hacks/Hackers group and a co-founder of the Austin chapter of the Online News Association.

Willie Shubert

Willie Shubert is the Senior Project Coordinator for Internews' Earth Journalism Network. As a coordinator of a global network of environmental journalists, Willie helps make tools that enable people to connect with each other, find material support, and amplify their local stories to global audiences. In his previous position at National Geographic Magazine, he coordinated translation for the magazine's 32 local language partners. He holds a degree in Geography from Humboldt State University with concentrations in cartography, environmental economics, and Chinese Studies. Outside of work, he devotes his time to the development of a free school dedicated to community building through education and to collaborative mapping and audio projects.

Daniel Sieberg

Emmy-nominated Daniel Sieberg is a tech expert and author who now works with Google marketing as spokesperson and manages media outreach across products like Google+, Google Earth/Maps, Google's Politics & Elections team and more. Dating back to 2000, Sieberg was previously a tech contributor at ABC News and MSNBC, the CBS News science and technology correspondent, and the technology correspondent for CNN. His written work has appeared in several publications including Time, Salon and Details. He started his journalism career as a daily reporter at the Vancouver Sun covering tech/business/civics in 1998.

His first book titled, The Digital Diet: the four-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life, was published in May 2011 with additional printings in the UK, Japan and Korea. It's about nurturing a healthy relationship with technology.