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Journalism by #s: Data Will Change Nature of News

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The advent of the Web marked the best and worst of times for journalism: Hyper-local and citizen news, the decline of print and rise of pay walls, reporters learning new skills as well as learning how to be "brands." The transformation has been unprecedented and the industry's future has never been more promising, if not uncharted. One thing, however, is clear: Content may be journalism's king, but there's no kingdom without data. We've gone from data supporting journalism to data driving and, in some cases, writing the actual stories themselves. Our panel will explore how data may alter the very definition of news, and whether a smart algorithm can ever replace smart, personal, emotional reporting.

Panel will be moderated by Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune. (, an Austin-based non-profit news organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics and government.


James Grimaldi Senior Writer The Wall Street Journal

Kevin Helliker Sr Editor The Wall Street Journal

Laura Sturaitis Exec VP, Media Svcs & Prod Strategy Business Wire

Laura Sturaitis is Executive Vice President of Media Services & Product Strategy, and heads up Business Wire's Global Media Relations, Content Licensing, Product Strategy, Public Policy, HQ Online Newsroom and Information Services teams.

Laura is responsible for the comprehensive and timely delivery of Business Wire's feed of more than 1,200 releases a day sent globally to print, broadcast, online and social media organizations using Business Wire’s multi-platform delivery methods. She is a recognized industry expert in the development of new media tools and services for the distribution, search engine optimization (SEO), social sharing and measurement ROI of press releases.

Liv Buli Data Journalist Next Big Sound

My name is Liv Buli and I am the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound.

I grew up in Oslo, Norway, but made the move across the pond a few years back to get my master's degree in Journalism at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. My work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, NY Times local blogs, Billboard, Hypebot and more. I came across Next Big Sound while working on a book project called The Human Face Of Big Data. When I found they were in the market for a journalist, I realized that this would be a place where I could marry all my interests - data, music and writing.

I probably drive my neighbors nuts when intermittently practicing my violin, and definitely drink more coffee than anyone should. When I am not busy attending concerts and asking too many questions, I am writing stories about the music industry with data as my compass.