The Global Editors Network has launched the Data Journalism Unconference,
a FREE, invitation only event to discuss and tackle data journalism challenges across borders.
Organised in partnership with Thomson Reuters, with support from Google and The Knight Foundation, the event gathered around 60 participants from the five continents in New York City on 10 May 2016. It was a unique and exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas on how teams, techniques and models vary from one country to the other, with the ultimate goal to initiate fruitful international collaborations.
At the end of the day, the shortlisted projects of the Data Journalism Awards 2016 were revealed.
What did participants get?
This event was a unique and exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas, engage directly with other data teams from around the world and possibly get cross-border data journalism projects off the ground!
Participants drove the schedule of this event and got to discuss issues and challenges that really matter to them and their team thanks to sessions, workshops and presentations that were short and engaging
At the end of the day, we announced the shortlist of The Data Journalism Awards 2016, providing guests with a unique perspective on the latest data journalism trends
Who took part?
The Data Journalism Unconference 2016 is an invitation only event gathering data journalists, editors and their teams, coming from the best data journalism units in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Europe. It also brought people from the open data mouvement, the business of data visualisation, academia, and non-profit organisations to spice things up a little and bring a new angle to the debate. The number of participants was around 60 to guarantee an exclusive, unique, and truly engaging experience.
Guests from the 5 continents attended the event, including countries such as Argentina, Kenya, Norway, Nigeria, Brazil, China, and Tanzania (as well as the US).
Simon Rogers, Data Editor for Google News Lab in San Francisco and director of the DJA 2016, as well as Paul Steiger, Executive Chairman of ProPublica and president of the DJA jury, both took part on the day.
Want to get a better idea of who came? Here are few of the guests:
- Reginald Chua and Janet Roberts (both from Thomson Reuters - US)
- Youyou Zhou (AP - US/China)
- Michael Hudson (senior editor of ICIJ's Panama Papers - US)
- Justin Arenstein (Code for Africa - Kenya)
- Troy Thibodeaux (AP - US)
- Olufela Olagunju (Voice of Nigeria - Nigeria)
- Dan Sinker (Knight-Mozilla OpenNews - US)
- Angelica Peralta Ramos (La Nacion - Argentina)
- Peter Bale (CPI and ICIJ - US)
- Tove Knutsen (Bergens Tidende - Norway)
- Lisa Charlotte Rost (NPR - US/Germany)
- Jonathan Stray (Tow Center, Columbia University - US)
- Jose Carlo Medina (News Deeply - Philippines)
- Declan Galvin (Sahara Reporter - Nigeria)
Members of the DJA 2016 jury were also present.
Data journalism today, just like the rest of the news industry, is facing many challenges, from the transition to mobile and native content to monetisation, and new technologies.
Data journalists and their team often work on stories of international impact, but they rarely get the chance to exchange best practices and new models with their counterparts in other countries, let alone other continents.
As experiments and data journalism workflows are quite different in Asia-Pacific, in Africa, in Europe and in the Americas, learning from others' experiences and building new solutions to ensure a viable future for cross border data journalism seems like a crucial next step.
Along these lines, the Global Editors Network launched the Data Journalism Unconference, a FREE, invitation only event to discuss and tackle data journalism challenges across borders.
Organised in partnership with Thomson Reuters, with support from Google, the event gathered around 60 participants from the five continents in New York City on 10 May 2016 and stood as a unique and exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas on how teams, techniques and models vary from one country to the other, with the ultimate goal to initiate fruitful international collaborations.
At the end of the day, the shortlisted projects of the Data Journalism Awards 2016 were revealed. Hear from three experts in data journalism about the importance of cross border collaborations in the following long-form interview:
When and where?
- The unconference was on 10 May 2016
from 9 a.m to 6 p.m, followed by a cocktail reception
- It took place on the top floor of Thomson Reuters
central Manhattan offices offering majestic views of the city