Workshop: Saturday, September 24 from 10am-5pm
with Harry Enten & Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight
The first workshop in the Transparency Series takes you through techniques for looking at one or more polls over time. Your instructor is Harry Enten, a senior political analyst at FiveThirtyEight. He will be assisted by his colleague Neil Paine, another talented data journalist and sportswriter. The day-long workshop will present tools and strategies for working with polls — starting at the very beginning with simple random samples, and leading to the detailed models that are employed today. All the while, we will emphasize how to find and tell interesting, novel stories with polls. No prior experience in statistics or data analysis is needed.
Bios: Harry Enten is a senior political analyst and writer for FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism website. He studies polling and demographic trends to try and tell readers who and why candidates and parties win and lose elections. Previously, he was a writer with The Guardian in New York. Harry graduated from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, he started his own blog Margin of Error, where he blogged about political statistics. Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter at FiveThirtyEight, with writing on all of the major American sports. Before joining FiveThirtyEight, Neil was a Basketball Analytics Consultant for the Atlanta Hawks and also worked for Sports Reference LLC. Neil is a graduate of Georgia Tech.
Panel: Wednesday, October 5
co-organized and hosted by Thomson Reuters
Join us in at Reuters for a discussion on polling and its importance in the presidential race. As the 2016 election nears, we pore over opinion polls looking for subtle (or not so subtle) clues about how things will fare on November 8. We say Clinton is ahead because most of the polls have her ahead, yet there are polls that have Trump ahead. Which polls are right? Or reliable? To journalists, of course, the polls themselves aren't the story, they help tell us a story. The narrative power of polls extends far beyond a single number on a given day. Taken collectively and in combination with other data, we can tell deep stories about the nature of our public’s opinions.
Mapping & Cartography
Talk: Friday, October 14 at 5pm
The world has always been a connected system, and it's only becoming more so. As a form of journalism, maps contextualize the world by visually linking events to each other and to their geographic surroundings. Join the Brown Institute as we welcome Al Shaw, developer at ProPublica and Michal Migurski, VP of Product at Mapzen to talk about mapping in the context of journalism.
Al Shaw is a developer at ProPublica's News Applications desk. He has published numerous visualizations and analyses on disaster mapping. His latest interactive story "Hell and High Water" includes a map with seven animated simulations depicting a large hurricane hitting the Houston-Galveston region. He's also released open source tools to make it easier for newsrooms to produce maps quickly. From 2008 to November 2010, Al was Designer/Developer at Talking Points Memo, where he redesigned the homepage and news blogs, and created the first version of TPM PollTracker. He attended the University of Chicago, where he studied modern Middle Eastern language and culture.
Michal Migurski is currently the Vice President of Product for Mapzen, an open and accessible mapping platform. Migurski is also the CTO for Code for America, a Bay Area non-profit organization helping make government digital services "beautiful, simple, and easy to use." Previously, Migurski spent nine years as a partner and technology director at the celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen. At Stamen, he oversaw inventive and powerful mapping and data visualization projects, focusing on ways to encourage the public to participate in collecting and representing data. Migurski holds a degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.
Workshop: Saturday, October 15 from 10am-5pm
with Derek Watkins, New York Times
If your story prompts questions like "What caused this to happen where it did?" or "Does this happen the same way in other places?", a map can probably help illuminate things for your readers. Once the exclusive domain of specialized practitioners, new tools make it easier and easier to analyze spatial data and publish maps online. Derek Watkins, a Graphics Editor at The New York Times, will give a day-long crash course in dealing with geographic data, designing elegant maps, and putting them on the internet. The overarching goal will be learning practical ways that maps can be used as a tool for journalists to tell more compelling stories.
Derek Watkins is a Graphics Editor at The New York Times, where he works as a designer, developer, reporter and geographer to visually present the news. Projects he's been involved with there have been recognized by the Society for News Design, Malofiej, the Ellies and the Emmys. He holds a Master's in Geography from the University of Oregon.