IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) just announced the 2016 Phili Meyer Award winners: Data news projects top the list. First-placed “Doctors & Sex Abuse” by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, second-placed “How Fire Feeds” by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, and third-placed “The Tennis Racket” by BuzzFeed are all data-driven investigations. Bravos to data news again.
I must confess: I was slightly reluctant before joining the Inaugural Colloquium of D&N Society. I was afraid we will hear a lot about the mantra of data without even scratching the surface of “what data is really about?” and “how can we make the most of it without making it larger than life?”. Fortunately, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The colloquium was a success and bellow I will describe why I felt reluctant and what saved the day for me during our first meeting. Continue reading