Coming Edit event: Making Sense of Data


More and more we are depending on big data to make sense of our environment, our social and political institutions. Journalists need to find new ways of relating complex data to audiences, without obscuring the import or emotional power of a story.

At our next Edit forum we will dive headlong into the world of infographics, pie charts and scatterplots, talking to two young journalists who have made their careers working with data.

How do you find stories hidden in data sets? What does being a data journalist look like? Do we all need to know how to code?

Craig Butt is an award-winning data journalist and educator. He’s has worked for The Age since 2011, carving out a niche for himself as the resident data whiz. His projects span all topics including transport, electoral voting and census data.

Lisa Cornish is a data journalist and data visualisation specialist based in Canberra, currently working for the international aid & development platform Devex. She started her career with major metro and regional papers, and is also a consultant providing data analytics, reporting & visualisation for the Australian government.

The Edit is a special program of events hosted by the Melbourne Press Club to help the next generation of Melbourne reporters, producers and editors hone their skills and develop their careers. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Date & Time: Monday 29 April 2019, 6:00 – 8pm (forum kicks off at 6:30pm)

Location: Campari House Function Room, 23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

Price: $15 per person includes a drink and snacks

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