[MIDWAY] Deep Dive into Data: Find It, Verify It, Visualize It

  • Friday – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • 301+302
  • #ONA18Data

There is so much data out there — but how do you find the good stuff? How do you know what types are quality vs. should be avoided? And once you have that data, what are interesting ways you can share the information with your readers? This session is a deep dive into all of these questions. Through small groups, you’ll learn about innovative ways to source data as well as tools and best practices for creating beautiful, interactive, and cutting edge ways to visualize information.

This session is designed for:

  • Journalists feeling stuck in their research methods and looking for new ways to source information.
  • Designers, developers, and journalists curious about new tools and ideas for data viz, including maps, AR, gamification, and more.
  • Newsrooms (of any-sized budget) interested in engaging their audience in different ways.


  • Darla Cameron | Senior Designer/Developer | Texas Tribune | @darlacameron
  • Darla Cameron is a senior data visuals developer at the Texas Tribune, a non-profit news organization that covers politics and policy in Texas. Previously, she was a graphics editor at The Washington Post, where she told visual stories at the intersection of money and politics.


  • Daan Louter | Head of Newsrooms & Designs | Flourish | @daanlouter
  • Daan Louter is Head of Newsrooms & Design at Flourish, a free tool that allows journalists to create beautiful data visualisations and interactives. Daan's work consists of developing new templates and visualisation types, and work with newsrooms all over the world to help them get the most out of Flourish. Daan previously worked at The Guardian as an interactive designer and developer.

  • Ilya Kuprik | Founder and CEO | StaffWriter | @ilyaSpy
  • Ilya is a Founder of StaffWriter, a tool, that aims at helping newsrooms produce interactive projects, like games, calcs and more. Ilya worked as an editor and interactive designer in the Moscow University newsroom and also helped many Russian local newsrooms with developing of interactive formats. Ilya also acquired a rich experience with system-level design and engineering, previously holding system architect position at Intel corp.

  • Mike Phillips | Founder and CEO | Vigilant | @mikephillips1
  • Mike Phillips is the Founder and CEO of Vigilant, a leading platform for public data search and monitoring. Prior to Vigilant, Mike founded and grew a boutique research and public affairs consulting firm and served as an advisor to political leaders, non-profits and foundations and Fortune 500 companies, helping them navigate crisis and leverage research and intelligence.

  • Steve Gallien | Head of Business Development | Maps4News | @sgallien
  • I help Maps4News grow its international business, with a focus on North America. I work primarily with news organizations of all sizes who use our unique mapping and data viz solutions to add context and engagement easily and cost-effectively. My background in geo-storytelling includes pioneering the use of interactive satellite imagery and display systems on CNN; developing alerting and real-time data viz for natural hazards, climate and weather for FOX, Scripps, ABC and others; and integrating live data with maps in innovative ways for Web sites, mobile Web and digital apps.

  • James Gray | Business Development & Data Partnerships | data.world
  • James Gray leads newsroom development at data.world, which is a Public Benefit Corporation with a mission to build the world's most abundant, meaningful, and collaborative data resource in the world. James has a long track record of helping startups and technology companies bring new products to market and develop lasting partnerships. His focus within data journalism involves newsroom collaboration, helping journalists access open data, and improving data literacy.

  • Tony Sullivan | Co-Founder and Vice-President Sales/Marketing | Wemap | @tx_shabooya
  • A native Texan, Tony Sullivan is happy to see ONA in Austin this year. In his role as co-founder and VP of Wemap's sales and marketing efforts for the United States, Tony is constantly finding ways for partners to use our technology to build new products that leverage the power of our smart map platform.

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