Joining us for this podcast is Jennifer LaFleur, data editor for The Investigative Reporting Workshop and an instructor of data journalism at American University. Previously, LaFleur was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, managing data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She also contributed to or edited dozens of major projects while at Reveal, one of which was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
You can learn more about Jennifer's visit to the UO here: https://demystifying.uoregon.edu/2019/04/18/demystifying-how-not-to-run-with-scissors-knowing-and-checking-your-data/
Also in the room is Brent Walth, an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. A Pulitzer finalist in 200 and a winner in 2001, Brent’s experience includes working as staff writer, correspondent, senior investigative report, and managing editor for major publications in Oregon.
He is a five-time winner of the Bruce Baer Award, Oregon’s top reporting prize, and the Gerald Loeb Award, the nation’s top honor for business and financial reporting.
Read more about Brent here: https://journalism.uoregon.edu/people/directory/bwalth
Listen to Jennifer's in-depth podcast interview here: https://soundcloud.com/demystifying-media/29-guest-lecture-knowing-checking-your-data-with-jennifer-lafleur
Find Jennifer & Bent online:
01:26 - How did you get into the data space?
02:22 - What does data journalism bring to the table that other story forms do not?
04:54 - Barriers for professionals and students in doing data journalism
06:26 – Barrier to data journalism in the classroom
08:28 – Overcoming resistance to data storytelling among journalists
11:56 – Good examples of data-driven stories / approaches
15:36 – Data literacy among audiences
17:10 - How newsrooms can improve their data journalism game
20:32 – Tips to interrogate data
22:48 – Jennifer’s key messages journalism students
23:34 – Why data-driven storytelling is growing