Ihaka lectures 2017: R and data journalism in New Zealand Event as iCalendar

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15 March 2017

6pm

Venue: MLT1 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 303, 38 Symonds Street, City Campus, Auckland Central

Location: Please join us for refreshments from 6pm in the foyer area of Building 302, 23 Symonds Street.

Host: Department of Statistics

Cost: Free - all welcome

Website: www.stats.auckland.ac.nz/ihaka-lectures

Speaker: Harkanwal Singh, Data Editor, New Zealand Herald

 

Photograph of Harkanwal Singh
Photograph of Harkanwal Singh

In the second lecture in the Ihaka Lectures Series 2017, Harkanwal Singh presents the following:

 

R and data journalism in New Zealand  

New Zealand media is not known for its high standards of statistical reporting. Yet, in a small media industry, data journalism is finding its feet. R plays a crucial role in how we practice data journalism, from data wrangling to exploratory analysis resulting in data visualisations. In this talk, I will discuss the challenges of attempting to practise statistical thinking in a narrative-driven field, and how visualisation helps to explain the value of data in the newsroom. I will share my experience of learning and using R in the newsroom, and visualisations that work and those that don’t. I will also discuss the challenges of reasoning against ‘Chinese-named’ buyer stories.

Harkanwal Singh is Data Editor at the New Zealand Herald, and is New Zealand’s first full-time data journalist. He has won awards for interactive visualisation and innovation in storytelling. His work combines analysis and programming to create interactive visualisations. He is interested in using data analysis and visualisation to provide accessible stories to readers on complex topics.

Lecture commences at 6.30pm, MLT1 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 303, 38 Princes Street.

Please join us for refreshments from 6pm in the foyer area of Building 302, 23 Symonds Street.

 

Biography:

Harkanwal Singh is Data Editor at the New Zealand Herald, and is New Zealand’s first full-time data journalist. He has won awards for interactive visualisation and innovation in storytelling. His work combines analysis and programming to create interactive visualisations. He is interested in using data analysis and visualisation to provide accessible stories to readers on complex topics.

 

Find out more information on the Ihaka Lecture Series 2017.

 

If you cannot attend the lecture, you can watch it live on Wednesday 15 March from 6.30pm at the link below: