Anyone who follows our blog knows how much we champion data journalism. We teach workshops
on it, create online tutorials
, and even build tools
to support reporters who want to incorporate data visualization in their work. Part of our enthusiasm comes from the huge changes we’ve seen in the availability of data, as well as the explosion in apps to extract and communicate important information from it.
Still, all of this growth has come with its own set of challenges and implications. How, as journalists, do we report data responsibly and provide a meaningful context for our readers? How can data journalism support communities and build greater civic engagement?
For these reasons and many more, we wanted to create an opportunity to bring together journalists, civic groups and dataviz experts to discuss the latest trends in data storytelling and discuss the future of a data-driven society.
On May 4, 2013, Berkeley Advanced Media Institute
will be hosting our first ever Complexity & Context Data Journalism Symposium
. This day-long event, co-sponsored by Google and the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, will take place at UC Berkeley. Just to name a few, our speaker list includes University of Miami professor Alberto Cairo on the art of the infographic, Google tech guru Daniel Sieberg on the latest data reporting tools, and Earth Journalism Network reporter Willie Shubert on the emergence of geo-journalism. Check back over the next few weeks as we will be profiling these speakers and others on our blog. In the meantime, you can register
for the symposium today.