Grow Your Own: Collecting and Analyzing Creative Data

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

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.

Grow Your Own: Collecting and Analyzing Creative Data (Data Dialogs 2017)

T. Christian Miller
Investigative Reporter

T. Christian Miller is an investigative reporter, author, and war correspondent for ProPublica. He has focused on how multinational corporations operate in foreign countries, documenting human rights and environmental abuses. Miller has covered four wars — Kosovo, Colombia, Israel and the West Bank, and Iraq. He also covered the 2000 presidential campaign. He is a known for his work in the field of computer-assisted reporting and was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2012 to study innovation in journalism. In 2016, Miller was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism with Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project.