James Ball: Stats versus story?

Making sure we don’t lose the audience in the numbers.


28. September.

Time: 08:30 - 09:15


Data journalism is getting more sophisticated every month: big publications especially have fantastic design, statistical expertise, and more coders than ever – not to mention advanced OSINT skills. But we sometimes forget that our readers don’t have those resources on hand. How do we make sure our expertise works for our audience and our journalism, and not against it?

Speaker James Ball is the global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where he oversees the not-for-profit’s international reporting projects. He also works as a weekly columnist for The New European and as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

He was previously a special correspondent at BuzzFeed UK and special projects editor at The Guardian, where he played a key role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden, as well as the offshore leaks, HSBC Files, Reading the Riots, and Keep it in the Ground projects.

James is the author of multiple books, including "Post-Truth", "Bluffocracy", and his newest book, "The System: who owns the internet and how it owns us".


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