The Art and Science of Data-Driven Storytelling
Saturday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd
Data is setting a new world order for everyone from designers, to developers, to brands, to advertisers and publishers - but converting data in its many forms into an engaging story isn’t always as easy as it may seem. In a core conversation with Liz Lukas, CEO North America of Decoded - the global company giving professionals a high-level understanding of data, code and more - and James Ball, Special Projects Editor for the Guardian Media Group, explore how the Guardian is harnessing data and data scientists to turn out groundbreaking news stories, including decoding NSA documents and more. The chat will explore the Guardian's creative process, their team, their use of open source (and highly classified) data, and how these techniques can be translated to shape your next big story.
CEO North America
Special Projects Editor
James Ball is the special projects editor of The Guardian, and the organization's former data editor. Ball was one of the reporters on the paper's groundbreaking reporting of the NSA Files, based o...Show the rest
James Ball is the special projects editor of The Guardian, and the organization's former data editor. Ball was one of the reporters on the paper's groundbreaking reporting of the NSA Files, based on top-secret documents disclosed by the former contractor Edward Snowden. He was a core journalist on several of the newspaper's data-driven investigations, including the Reading the Riots project, its reporting on the WikiLeaks' Guantanamo Bay files, and the Offshore Secrets series.
Ball joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism where he worked on Panorama, Al Jazeera and Dispatches, and was on the key team behind iraqwarlogs.com, which won the 2011 Amnesty International digital journalism award.
Ball joined The Guardian in February 2011 following a brief spell at WikiLeaks, where he aided in the publishing of the US embassy cables, worked with UK media outlets and made the cables accessible to journalists. He was awarded the Laurence Stern fellowship at the Washington Post in 2012.Hide the rest