We are in a society where data seems to be at everyone’s fingertips. But is it? Reporters engaged in data-driven journalism often rely on public record data sets. Federal and state agencies collect socially important information about crime, education, and health. The data can help us tell stories about discrimination, sexual assault and government actions.
But they don’t tell the whole story. And nor do they tell it in the way that people experience their lives. In this talk, I’ll be discussing the idea of creative data — information which is collected, analyzed, and published by the people and journalists interested in exploring an issue in their community. This data is granular, relevant and unique — qualities which matter to the future of journalism, and to society as a whole.