Data journalism

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B304


We're creating educational materials for the next generation of news-application developers to dig into open data and open government.


We have a pipeline problem for people with data and programming skills for journalism. There are great organizations and institutions making tremendous headway, but we need an industry-wide solution for educating the next generation of journalists.

For Journalism is an effort to equip every student, mid-career journalist, professor and graduate student with the knowledge they need to learn technical skills for doing journalism, particularly for open data and open government initiatives.

We’re working on a collection of data-centric journalism course materials with open-source code. The big difference between this project and other training materials is that everything will be contextualized to journalism. We will not be building generic social networks. We will be building campaign-finance trackers and visualizers.

We want to impact how journalists think about their craft regardless of age or experience.

Speaking experience

I've spoken as a guest for SXSW, the NSF, Online News Association, Society for News Design and many other universities and professional journalism organizations. There are links to the events on my website but you can see my first SXSW talk directly at

I have not given this talk before.


  • Dave


    For Journalism


    I’ve taught 30 class sections at the University of Florida running the gamut of technical journalism topics. I frequently teach at The Poynter Institue as well as at workshops organized by SND, ONA and NAHJ. I’ve been teaching with synchronous and asynchronous online components since 2008.

    My day job is acting as managing developer at along with helping build platforms for

    I actively conduct tablet and mobile research with The Poynter Institute.