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Faculty Friday: Visualizing Information:  A Day in the Life of a Data Journalist

February 25 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Announcing a special Faculty Friday event … all students, faculty, staff welcome!

Joe Murphy from NBC News will speak about his experiences on the data and graphics desk at an international newsroom, covering—from a data angle—the pandemic, Mariah Carey, school shootings, and climate change, among other topics. Popular tasks include data collection, scraping, and analyzing; interviewing, reporting, writing, and editing; code committing, graphic reviewing, and story publishing. Unpopular tasks include writing corrections for the mistakes we made, weekend data updates, and learning that the article that’s getting all this traffic is getting it for the wrong reason.

We look forward to considering how lessons from data journalism might inform what so many of us do as students, professionals, scholars, and educators – communicating complex information to a non-specialist audience.   Joe Murphy is an assigning editor at NBC News working on its digital data / graphics desk. The desk is a multidisciplinary team of coders, designers, reporters, and editors who write stories and create graphics for www.nbcnews.com. Murphy comes from a local news background where he worked as a web developer before joining NBC News. 

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Link to resources mentioned in the talk: https://joemurph.com/talks/data-talk/links.html