Data, Visualization, the Press, and Public Opinion

Charles Berret
DFP Classroom - FSC 2300

*Please note that, due to high demand, the event location has been changed to a room with higher capacity. Event will now take place in FSC 2330.
This event is from 12:45 - 2:00pm.
Lunch is provided with RSVP.

Residing at the intersection of journalism and computer science, the practice of data-driven and computational reporting represents a promising evolution of the press, albeit one that is unevenly distributed across newsrooms and still faces resistance from some skeptics. This talk begins by addressing common criticism of data journalism in the context of the 2016 US presidential election. Viewing the longer history of data and visualization in journalism, I argue that these practices are increasingly critical for the press to serve its role as a watchdog to monitor the functioning of civil society in the digital age. The talk concludes with an appeal for more interdisciplinary work in this domain, where innovations that strengthen the press can have a social impact distinct from what is typically promised in Silicon Valley.

Event directions

Once you are inside the Forestry Science building walk to the rear (south-east) of the building by passing through the large open study area and up the stairs to the 2nd level student (“treetop”) lounge area. Turn left, pass through the double doors, and room 2300 will be immediately to your right.

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