I’m organising a data journalism conference next month (come!)

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The Guardian, Times, BBC, Telegraph and Reach (formerly Trinity Mirror) will all be speaking at the third Data Journalism UK conference on May 3 at the BBC in Salford.

Tickets are available here including early bird and afternoon-only options. There are also bursaries available for people on low incomes or from under-represented groups.

As well as industry panels there will be practical sessions to help skill up in data journalism.

The event has sold out in its first two years, so it’s worth booking early if you can.

Keynote: 18 months of the BBC Shared Data Unit

It’s now over a year since the BBC Shared Data Unit launched with a remit to build data journalism skills in regional newspapers and share data-driven investigations with hundreds of local news outlets. Peter Sherlock, who leads the unit, will be looking back at what they’ve learned so far from training industry secondees, working on 3-month investigations, and feeding out stories to over 800 partners.

Data journalism at The Guardian, Times and Telegraph

The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times all approach data journalism in different ways, and with different organisational contexts. Panellists Caelainn Barr, Leila Haddou and Ashley Kirk will talk about the challenges that they face — and discuss where they’re heading next.

Future challenges for data journalism — and breaking into the industry

In the day’s second panel David Ottewell — head of the country’s most experienced regional data team at Reach PLC — will look at the challenges facing data journalism as it becomes ‘just another part’ of the newsroom.

Meanwhie The Economist’s Marie Seggers will focus on what you can do to break into data journalism—from networking and effective use of social media to navigating the pitfalls and finding your niche.

Getting hands-on with R and datavis (or whatever you vote for)

The last part of the day is devoted to hands-on workshops. The ONS’s Sophie Warnes will be on hand to talk about using R in data journalism, or you can choose to look at data visualisation, or any other topic that’s nominated. We’re pretty sure there will be someone in the room who has great experiences to share.

There’ll be more speakers announced in the coming weeks, too, covering topics from AI to getting into the industry.

You can book tickets on the Eventbrite page.


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