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Data, Computing and Journalism

An invitation to an exciting presentation, courtesy of Joli Holmes ’17:

Increasingly, journalists are turning to tools that were once solely the domain of data analysts and computer scientists to create compelling visualizations and enhance their storytelling. Newsrooms are using accessible technology to process big and open data to assist in investigations, keep citizens informed, and help make institutions accountable— and they’re often following the tenets of data science, like making their work transparent and reproducible. It’s important, now more than ever, that data not be hidden by government agencies from the public so that it instead might be used to illuminate the truth.

Andrew, currently a Koeppel Journalism Fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Life (co-teaching QAC 250) is the senior data editor of Trend CT (http://trendct.org/about/ a CT Mirror affiliate). He was a founding producer of The Boston Globe’s Data Desk where he used a variety of methods to visualize or tell stories with data. He also was an online producer at The Virginian-Pilot and a staff writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s a Metpro Fellow, a Chips Quinn Scholar, and a graduate of the University of Texas.

Date: Monday, February 13th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Allbritton 103

“The Hell, NSM?” — New Data on Representation in STEM at Wesleyan

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NSM: (Natural Science and Mathematics)

With light to the recent NYT article about the 1% 17% that exists on Wesleyan’s campus, we’ve been focused on statistics. While analyzing Wesleyan’s financial assets is incredibly important and necessary to discuss class and privilege, we must also remember that there are many factors that affect student performance; the NSM Coalition—a combination of Student Underrepresented in STEM (SUSS), Wesleyan Women in Science (WesWIS), Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholars Program (WesMaSS), and McNair undergraduate students partnering with graduate students, staff, faculty, and administrators—collected data specifically for students in STEM, and let me tell you, they are freaking terrifying.

The percentages, collected by the Office of Institutional Research, show how class not only affects our ability to even go to Wesleyan, but also how it affects our performance: it cannot be stressed enough how important this conversation is for the Wes community.

Beyond Wesleyan: Data in my Professional Life: A chat with Mansoor Alam ‘15 & Summer 2016 Apprenticeship Info Session

BeautifulDataLogo2Joli Holmes ’17 writes in:

Hi Wes friends, and DATA fanatics!

If you’re interested in doing research with a professor this SUMMER and want to get FUNDED…

The Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) offers funding to students interested in working with professors in their quantitative research over the summer. The summer apprenticeship is targeted at students who have some experience in statistics, coding, software, and an interest in academic research. The apprenticeship is open to all majors and all years!

Mansoor Salam, Wesleyan alum ’15 will also be giving a talk about how he uses data in his professional life and the experiences he gained from being a part of the QAC at Wesleyan. Mansoor now works as a Data Engineer at Athena Health in Boston.

Please invite your friends!

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 12:00 -1:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110

Matthew Daniels: “Depiction, even over Description: How Data Journalism is Changing the Art of Storytelling”

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From Joli Holmes ’17: 

Interested in data visualization? Journalism? In cooperation with the Allbritton Center, the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative (DACKI) is pleased to bring Matt Daniels to Wesleyan to give a talk on Wednesday 11/4 and to meet with students in classes and small groups on Thursday 11/5.

Matt Daniels is a media artist and designer, fascinated with the possibilities of data-driven narrative. For Daniels, this has often meant analyzing and illustrating the content and popularity of music,its lyrics, and its locations. He has produced infographics keyed to such things as the size of rappers’ vocabularies and the timelessness of some music based on Spotify data. He publishes an online magazine called Polygraph.

Date: Wednesday, November 4th
Time: 4:30PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Rm 112

Data Visualization at the New York Times

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From James Hall ’15:

Wesleyan will host The New York Times’ Amanda Cox, who will give a talk on “Data Visualization at the New York Times.” Cox has been an essential part of one of the most interesting developments in contemporary journalism, the growth of data journalism, which in the innovative contexts of papers such as the Times and the Guardian have brought the analytic edge of social science back into journalism, most often by uniting it with powerful images. As Wesleyan prepares to launch its own data journalism course next year Cox, who teaches such a course at NYU, couldn’t be a more timely speaker.

Date: TODAY
Time: 4:15
Place: Russell House