Data

Data Journalism:
Build Trust in Media

24 - 26 November 2020

Data Journalism: Build Trust in Media

How can data be used to regain trust from readers? Fact-based journalism combined with great storytelling skills and backed up by data, has never been more in demand. While data journalism is not new, it has never been more important than in this misinformation age. But COVID-19 has eroded confidence in the media at the same time European news organisations have seen a decline in the trust of their audience for the past five years. Turning to data journalism is a crucial step in reversing these trends.

How can journalists combine data analysis with traditional reporting? How can data journalism counter misinformation? How can we lobby for better access to data? At this Summit, we’ll take you behind the scenes of some of the most successful data-driven stories out there. We will share the latest technology tools and resources to help advance your data skills, and showcase newsroom collaborations that are on the right path to advance data journalism.

  • Programme



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    9:30 - 9:40
    Welcome remarks
    Adam Thomas
    European Journalism Centre
    David Dieudonné
    Google News Lab
    9:40 - 10:00
    Data journalism and COVID-19: challenges, opportunities & solutions

    In this session, Marianne will share with us an overview of what challenges, opportunities, and solutions data journalists around the world have come across during the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll take a look at some of the most incredible data-driven coverage from each region, get tips from experts who have covered the outbreak with data, and get inspired by real stories from data journalists on the ground.

    Marianne Bouchart
    HEI-DA
    France
    10:00 - 10:30
    How to use open sourced, data-driven reporting to hold power to account

    Geoffrey Livolsi from Disclose (the French ProPublica) will showcase what’s behind Made in France, an award-winning expose that brought to light the extent of France’s military involvement in countries known for human rights violations. This open-source investigation involved analysis of satellite images, social media posts, and fact-checking official communications, to reveal how French weapons were used to occupy Western Sahara or the way that French war boats were used in deadly blockades in Yemen.

    Geoffrey Livolsi
    Disclose
    France
    10:30 - 10:45
    Grab a coffee & move your legs!
    10:45 - 11:15
    How COVID-19 challenged me to make data stories for a wider audience

    Covering the corona for the Dutch public radio NPO Radio 1 - with Ro’s (reproductive number of the disease), fertility rates, and log scales included - Reinier still wanted to tell stories that could appeal to and be understood by a large audience. He will share how he started out with a very ad hoc approach by typing data manually into excel that evolved into the creation of an automated online daily corona update. This will be a ride through the ugly and the wonderful world of Excel, Google Sheets, python, Ra, and Rmarkdown.

    Reinier Tromp
    Argos
    The Netherlands
    11:15 - 12:15
    Online Lab Sessions in English, French and German

    1. Decolonising Data Journalism: Strategies for Inclusion (in English)

    Local journalists around the world need the skills and opportunity to produce data-driven stories on universally urgent issues of equality, health, jobs, and education. Using examples of data journalism done by journalists in countries where access to statistics and numbers is particularly challenging, Eva will introduce recipes for making data journalism more inclusive and more representative of the communities they cover.

    2. Comment un ensemble de données peut engendrer de multiples sujets et visualisations?/How one data set can inspire multiple stories and visualisations (in French)

    Lors de cet atelier éditorial, Karen nous montrera les multiples visualisations originales qui peuvent être faites pour divers publics, à partir d’une seule base de données. C’est exactement ce que WeDoData a fait à l’occasion des 100 ans du Tour de France. Cela permet aux publications de réinventer leur couverture médiatique sur un même sujet, et cela permet aux journalistes freelance de proposer leurs sujets à différents rédacteurs.

    In this editorial workshop, Karen will show us the multiple visualisations that can be made for different audiences inspired by one single dataset. That's exactly what WeDoData did around the 100 years of Tour de France. This offers opportunities for publications to reinvent their coverage on the same topic, and for freelance journalists to pitch to different editors.

    3. Der perfekte Datensalat/Spaghetti alla Data (in German)

    3 große Zwiebeln, 2 EL Olivenöl, 1 Dose Tomaten ... Selbst ein kompliziertes Rezept ist relativ leicht zu lesen und zu verstehen. Aber ist die Datenstruktur dahinter genau so einfach? Wie kann das Datenmodell für ein Rezept konstruiert werden, welche Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten ergeben sich dabei? Über 1.300 Rezepte befanden sich im Archiv von ZEIT ONLINE – allerdings ohne die im Web benötigte Datenstruktur und Auszeichnung. Mit Hilfe von Künstlicher Intelligenz, strukturierten Daten und detaillierter Konzeptarbeit konnten wir sie von einfachen Artikeln in ein interaktives, nutzerfreundliches und für Suchmaschinen optimiertes Angebot umwandeln – den Digitalen Wochenmarkt.

    In diesem Workshop zeigt Rose wie aus einem großen Datensalat ein fertiges Produkt rund um kulinarischen Genuss wurde.

    3 large onions, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 can of tomatoes … Even a complicated recipe is relatively easy to read and understand. But is this the case for the data structure underneath? How can we construct the data model for a recipe, and what are the challenges and opportunities that arise as a result? The ZEIT ONLINE archive contained over 1300 recipes, but they lacked the data structure and categorisation that modern web products demand. With the help of artificial intelligence, structured data and detailed concept work, we were able to transform these recipes from simple articles into an interactive, user-friendly and SEO-focused product: the ‘digital farmers’ market’ (Wochenmarkt).

    In this workshop, Rose will show how a tangle of data spaghetti can be turned into a launch-ready product with culinary discovery at its centre.


    Eva Constantaras
    Internews
    Greece
    Karen Bastien
    WeDoData
    France
    Rose Tremlett
    ZEIT ONLINE
    Germany

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    09:30 - 09:40
    Welcome remarks
    9:40 - 10:00
    Stories & stats: the FT Coronavirus trajectory tracker explained

    FT’s trajectory tracker started out with a simple graph, to help people know the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths per country. John Burn-Murdoch will tell us how he built and updated the tracker every night, while hundreds of people asked questions, gave new ideas and feedback on social media. Thousands turned to the tracker daily to understand the exponential growth of the pandemic. Thanks to this tracker, the FT won the attention and trust of a new audience and has seen a rise in its number of subscriptions.

    John Burn-Murdoch
    Financial Times
    UK
    10:00 - 10:30
    Confronting Racism: Real-time social issues data journalism

    Less than a month after the killing of George Floyd re-ignited the Black Lives Matter movement around the world, CNN released a sweeping study of race and racism in the UK. Based on exclusive new polling, first-person interviews and never-before-seen video, the project uncovered the huge difference between black and white people's experience of life in Britain. How did we pull together this deeply researched, data-driven, multi-platform project, and how did we do it so quickly? Richard Allen Greene, the project's editorial lead, explains.

    10:30 - 10:45
    Grab a coffee & move your legs
    10:45 - 11:45
    Panel: From stories to solutions, why journalists need access to public data

    Access to information held by public bodies - data, documents, visuals,etc - is often necessary for producing a wide range of stories and investigations of public interest that promote government transparency and bring power to account. In the mis/disinformation age, this access has never been more important but in certain countries, is also more challenging than ever. How do you submit a request for data? How do you deal with data access obstruction? And if you need to go to court to get the information you need? The speakers on this panel will explain how they’ve conducted demands for data, lobbied for transparency and navigated legal frameworks in their countries, and transnationally, to investigate and unveil stories on corruption, corporate interests and organised crime across Europe.

    This panel will be moderated by Mathias Vermeulen from AWO

    Stéphane Horel
    Le Monde
    France
    Anatoliy Bondarenko
    Texty
    Ukraine
    11:45 - 12:45
    Online Lab Sessions in English, German and French

    1. The human side of data matters (in English)

    At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, data journalism has proven to be a powerful tool to explain the math of contagion, but also highlight the people and the stories behind the numbers. These stories looked rather different when contrasting local and national data. During this masterclass, we will look at the coverage around COVID and other aspects like productivity, and learn a method to observe and analyse the figures with a focus on the human aspects that lie in data.

    2. Warum wir mehr automatisierte Daten im Newsroom brauchen/ Why do we need more data automation in the newsrooms?

    Wie wird sich die Pandemie in naher Zukunft auf die Wirtschaft auswirken? Das war die Frage, die Natalie und Jannes auf die Suche nach Insolvenzzahlen in Deutschland führte. Um die gesammelten Daten zu automatisieren, entwickelten sie eine Website, die täglich mit Datenberichten über Insolvenzen im Privat- und Unternehmenssektor in Deutschland aktualisiert wird.

    How will the pandemic affect the economy in the near future? This was the starting question that led Natalie and Jannes on a quest for insolvency and bankruptcy data in Germany. As data was gathered, they felt the need for automatisation so they went on to develop a website that is updated daily with data reports about insolvency in the private and corporate sector in Germany since 2018. An array of stories about the economic impact of COVID-19 on German companies is emerging thanks to this new data tool.

    3. Laboratoires et médecins: utiliser les données pour enquêter sur les systèmes de santé Publique / Labs and Doctors: using data to investigate public health systems (in French)

    Plus de 15 rédactions de presse régionales françaises se sont associées pour publier “Transparence CHU”, une enquête révélant les liens financiers entre les entreprises pharmaceutiques et les hôpitaux publics à travers le pays. Comment les données publiques ont-elles été analysées? Comment le travail collectif a-t-il été coordonné? Quels outils et méthodes ont abouti à la publication de ces rapports? En tant que membre du collectif Data+Local et un des contributeurs de l'enquête, Frédéric partagera la méthodologie et les coulisses de Transparence CHU.

    Over 15 local French newsrooms teamed up to publish "Transparence CHU", an investigation uncovering the financial links between pharmaceutical companies and public hospitals across the country. How was open-data analysed? How was the collective work coordinated? What tools and methods resulted in the publication of these reports? Member of the "Data+Local" collective and one of the contributors to the investigation, Frederic and Marie will share the methodology and backstage stories behind Transparence CHU.

    3. Warum wir mehr automatisierte Daten im Newsroom brauchen/ Why do we need more data automation in newsrooms?

    Wie wird sich die Pandemie in naher Zukunft auf die Wirtschaft auswirken? Das war die Frage, die Natalie und Jannes auf die Suche nach Insolvenzzahlen in Deutschland führte. Um die gesammelten Daten zu automatisieren, entwickelten sie eine Website, die täglich mit Datenberichten über Insolvenzen im Privat- und Unternehmenssektor in Deutschland aktualisiert wird.

    How will the pandemic affect the economy in the near future? This was the starting question that led Natalie and Jannes on a quest for insolvency and bankruptcy data in Germany. As data was gathered, they felt the need for automatisation so they went on to develop a website that is updated daily with data reports about insolvency in the private and corporate sector in Germany since 2018. An array of stories about the economic impact of COVID-19 on German companies is emerging thanks to this new data tool.

    Clara Attene
    Data journalist and Digital Journalism Trainer
    Italy
    Jannes Höke
    WDR
    Germany
    Frederic Sallet
    Sud Ouest (Bordeaux, France)
    France
    Marie Toulemonde
    Freelancer
    France

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    14:00 - 14:10
    Welcome remarks
    14:10 - 14:30
    In Conversation with...Julia Angwin

    Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Angwin will talk with Adam Thomas on how The Markup is innovating in the data collection space and building data products like Blacklight and The Citizen Browser Project to counter disinformation and produce public interest journalism.

    Julia Angwin
    The Markup
    USA
    Adam Thomas
    European Journalism Centre
    14:30-15:00
    Data & the pandemic at El País

    Kiko and Mariano will discuss covering the Covid-19 pandemic for El Pais as Spain was hit by one of the first and deadliest outbreaks in Europe back in March. How did the newsroom harness data and visuals to communicate effectively about Covid-19 and answer the public's most pressing questions? They will walk us through the process of building visual stories like “A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air”, which became one of El País' most-read stories in multiple languages.

    Kiko Llaneras
    El País
    Spain
    Mariano Zafra
    El País
    Spain
    15:00-15:30
    One by one: using the right numbers (& stories) to place femicide on the public agenda

    A team of 30 reporters at the regional newspaper, Jornal do Commercio in Brazil, came together to collect data, follow police investigations and, most importantly, tell the stories of each woman murdered in the state of Pernambuco in 2018. Karoline will share how they put together the special report #OnebyOne (#UmaporUma) filling a huge lack of official data on gender-related killings, raising awareness about the impunity involved, and pointing to potential solutions.

    Karoline Albuquerque
    Jornal do Commercio
    Brazil
    Ciara Carvalho
    Jornal do Commercio
    Brazil
    Julliana de Melo Correia e Sá
    Jornal do Commercio
    Brazil
    15:30 - 15:45
    Grab a coffee & move your legs!
    15:45 - 16:15
    Solutions Journalism: how data can help reveal unexpected good news

    Solutions journalism provides rigorous, evidence-based coverage of responses to social problems. This presentation will focus on “positive deviants” - outliers in data that show better than expected results can lead to unexpected success stories for healthcare, social policy, etc

    Matthew will look at how positive deviants can be when writing solutions-focused stories and their importance in helping to counter bad news fatigue.

    Matthew Kauffman
    Solutions Journalism Network
    USA
    16:15 - 17:15
    Online Lab Sessions in English, French and German

    1. Discover Pinpoint: a new research tool to investigate large collections of data (in English)

    This workshop is an introduction to Pinpoint, Google's latest research tool to enter the Journalist Studio. Pinpoint helps journalists find stories and analise huge collections of data in troves of PDFs, handwritten documents, archives, and images.

    2. Présentation de Pinpoint: un nouvel outil de données pour le journalisme d'investigation (in French)

    Cet atelier est une introduction à Pinpoint, le dernier outil de recherche de Google pour entrer dans le Journalist Studio. Pinpoint aide les journalistes à trouver des sujets et analyse un grand répertoire de données rassemblées dans une collection de PDF, de documents manuscrits, d’archives et d’images.

    3. Entdecke Pinpoint: Ein neues Recherchetool zur Untersuchung großer Datensammlungen (in German)

    Dieser Workshop ist eine Einführung in Pinpoint, Googles neuem Recherchetool im Journalist Studio. Pinpoint hilft Journalisten dabei, Geschichten zu finden und große Datensammlungen in PDF-Dateien, handgeschriebenen Dokumenten, Archiven und Bildern zu analysieren.

    Vincent Ryan
    Google
    UK
    Alice Palussière
    Google News Initiative
    France
    Nadin Rabaa
    Google News Initiative
    Germany

    Confirmed Speakers

    Marianne Bouchart

    HEI-DA
    France

    John Burn-Murdoch

    Financial Times
    UK

    Julia Angwin

    The Markup
    USA

    Geoffrey Livolsi

    Disclose
    France

    Karen Bastien

    WeDoData
    France

    Reinier Tromp

    Argos
    The Netherlands

    Rose Tremlett

    ZEIT ONLINE
    Germany

    David Dieudonné

    Google News Lab

    Eva Belmonte

    Civio
    Spain

    Friedrich Lindenberg

    OCCRP
    Germany

    Stéphane Horel

    Le Monde
    France

    Anatoliy Bondarenko

    Texty
    Ukraine

    Clara Attene

    Data journalist and Digital Journalism Trainer
    Italy

    Matthew Kauffman

    Solutions Journalism Network
    USA

    Frederic Sallet

    Sud Ouest (Bordeaux, France)
    France

    Marie Toulemonde

    Freelancer
    France

    Eva Constantaras

    Internews
    Greece

    Mariano Zafra

    El País
    Spain

    Kiko Llaneras

    El País
    Spain

    Natalie Sablowski

    WDR
    Germany

    Jannes Höke

    WDR
    Germany

    Nadin Rabaa

    Google News Initiative
    Germany

    Alice Palussière

    Google News Initiative
    France

    Vincent Ryan

    Google
    UK

    Karoline Albuquerque

    Jornal do Commercio
    Brazil

    Ciara Carvalho

    Jornal do Commercio
    Brazil

    Julliana de Melo Correia e Sá

    Jornal do Commercio
    Brazil

    Mathias Vermeulen

    AWO
    Belgium

    Adam Thomas

    European Journalism Centre