On-Demand Webinars

Data Journalism at the BBC

Presented By Amanda Farnsworth, Head of Visual and Data Journalism, and John Walton, Data Journalism Editor, BBC

Originally presented: 25 September 2019

BBC News has recently upped its game in data journalism with a new beefed up team that has now won many industry awards. They have journalists, data scientists, designers, and developers all working together in one team. It focuses on finding stories in big data sets and telling stories with that data in a variety of visually rich ways. It specialises in public interest journalism with projects like the NHS Tracker where a user can find out exactly how the hospital they are interested in is performing in an easy to understand way. The team is also dipping its toes in the world of Machine Learning and AI. How can we hold to account the algorithms which are increasingly used to target public services or facial recognition software used to identify criminals. This webinar will be full of examples of the teams work and will discuss the cultural issues involved in building a multi skilled data team.