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Published on March 25th, 2013 | by EJC


‘Newsroom & Emergency Coverage’: Panel Session At The School Of Data Journalism 2013

Following the first successful edition last year, the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation will hold another round of Europe’s biggest data journalism event, the School of Data Journalism, at the International Journalism Festival on 24-28 April in Perugia, Italy.

The school will hold a number of panel debates and workshops that provide opportunities to discuss the new developments in relation to data journalism and hands-on journalism trainings including data visualisations, maps, and Twitter API.

Emergency Journalism will be holding a panel session entitled ‘Covering Emergencies in the Age of Big Data‘, which specifically focuses on the new role of journalists during humanitarian emergencies. With the aim to feature some of the best digital media newsroom strategies by leading international media houses, the session will investigate the following points:

  • What can we learn from the past disasters such as Hurricane Sandy?
  • What are the do’s and don’ts when covering life-threatening events in the digital age?
  • What are the challenges in collecting data, and who owns the data once it’s collected?
  • How should journalists monitor, verify and curate social media like Twitter and YouTube?
  • How should journalists and other stakeholders including humanitarian organisations best cooperate when unexpected events occur?

The sessions that are organised as part of the School of Data Journalism are relevant for those who would like to spearhead the use of digital media and technology in their newsrooms. Take a close look at the scheduled panel debates and workshops below:


  1. The State of Data Journalism in 2013 (24 April)
  2. Data and Investigations: Collaborating Across Borders (25 April)
  3. Data Journalism in Southern European Countries (26 April, co-organised with Ahref and datajournalism.it)
  4. Covering Emergencies in the Age of Big Data (27 April)


  • Anthony de Rosa, Social Media Editor, Reuters
  • Aron Pilhofer, Editor of Interactive News, New York Times
  • Dan Sinker, Director, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews
  • Elisabetta Tola, co-founder Formicablu, data journalism trainer
  • Friedrich Lindenberg, OpenNews Fellow, Spiegel OnlineIn
  • Guido Romeo, Science Editor, Wired Italy, Ahref
  • Jack Thurston, writer, broadcaster and co-founder of Farmsubsidy.org and Fishsubsidy.org
  • James Ball, data journalist, Guardian
  • Mar Cabra, multimedia investigative journalist
  • Marko Rakar, president of Windmill, blogger and data journalist
  • Paul Radu, Executive Director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting  Project, Co-founder of the Investigative Dashboard concept


  • Guido Romeo, Science Editor, Wired Italy, Ahref
  • Liliana Bounegru, Project lead Data Driven Journalism, European Journalism Centre
  • Lucy Chambers, Head of Knowledge, Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Rina Tsubaki, Project lead Emergency Journalism, European Journalism Centre


  1. Excel for Journalism with Steve Doig  (24 April)
  2. Using the Twitter API for Journalism (25 April)
  3. Making Data Visualisations: A Survival Guide (26 April)
  4. Data Visualisation, Maps and Timelines on a Shoestring (27 April)


  • Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism, Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
  • Michael Bauer, School of Data, Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Gregor Aisch, award-winning freelance data visualisation expert

While all sessions are free of charge, registration is required for the School of Data Journalism workshops. You can fill in your name and email address in this form. No registration is required for panel discussions.

For more information, visit the International Journalism Festival website. Be sure to also check Data Driven Journalism.

Photo: Graham Holliday

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