Save the date for Data 2.0

by | Nov 19, 2018 | Biz/Tech

Pirasanth Gunasekaram

Biz/Tech Reporter

Canada’s most prolific investigative reporters, developers, coders and data advocates are participating in a data journalism symposium hosted by Humber college.

Data Driven 2.0 held Nov. 16 at Google Headquarters on Richmond Street in downtown Toronto is the second annual symposium for the event.

Nooreen Hussain, the research project coordinator for School of Media Studies at Humber, said there will be a variety of segments during the event like a conference, guest speaking and interactions with other journalists.

She said data has become very important to journalism.

“We have a [session] called the Data Driven Show and Tell which will bring in some of the best data journalists and breakdown what their favorite data projects in 2018 were,” Hussain said. She said data is often the starting point in story research.

Another segment includes Carolyn Thompson, a freelance journalist, which will be there to talk about challenges of pursuing data in countries such as South Sudan and in Kenya.

CBC’s Valerie Ouellet, a Senior Data Journalist, and William Wolfe-Wylie, a Senior Developer, will also be there to talk about their undercover investigation of how Ticketmaster was helping scalpers sell tickets.

There will be other segments in the event such as the Data Driven Startup where there will be the opportunity to talk to journalists about data.

David Weis a journalism professor and one of the organizers for the event, said Google Toronto is letting Humber use its building for the event because of him.

“I’ve personally known the people at Google Canada and Google News Lab for several years,” Weis said “I asked them if they were willing to let us have it [at Google Toronto HQ] and they said yes.”

Andrew Ainsworth, the School of Media Studies and  information Technology Associate Dean, said data is important to journalism because it adapts to today’s culture.

“With the availability of large data sets from public or private organisations or through actual data gathering we [are] able to analyze data and tell [stories] with the information we have that we weren’t able to do before,” Ainsworth said.

Weis said finding data is another way to understand the world.

“Journalists have to keep up in order to report on what is basically becoming the digitisation of everyday life,” Weis said.

This one-day data journalism symposium will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 – from 9:00am to 6:00pm at Google Toronto HQ.