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Hacks/Hackers January Meetup: How big data is changing financial journalism

We're packing in a lot this month with a slightly different format - let us know what you think about it! Our talks include:

Telling stories through financial graphics
Sam Arnold-Forster and Himanshu Ojha, Reuters
A former Merrill Lynch oil analyst, Sam is project leader, Financial Graphics. for Reuters News and specialises in the intersection between content and technology. Himanshu Ojha is a data journalist who worked on the recent United State of Inequality series. Their talk will be on how financial graphics can be aggregated to tell richer stories and how they use them to make an impact through social media. Sam will focus on the day-to-day production of financial graphics and Himanshu will talk about longer-term data acquisition projects.

When all your journalism is data journalism
Marianne Bouchart, Bloomberg News

Marianne is Web Producer EMEA for Bloomberg News and is responsible for kick-starting data journalism projects within the organisation. As all journalism at Bloomberg is data journalism, Marianne will show how Bloomberg handles data on a daily basis including the tools reporters use to find, compare, analyse and visualise data.

OpenCorporates - a sneak peak at new features
Chris Taggart, OpenCorporates

Chris Taggart is a former journalist and magazine publisher, who has been working full time in the field of open data for the past 3 years. As well as co-founding OpenCorporates, he was the founder of OpenlyLocal and OpenCharities. Chris will give a short introduction to OpenCorporates - the largest openly licensed database of companies in the world - will look at some newly introduced features, and give a sneak peak at some upcoming ones too.

Why data journalism isn’t the job of one department
Emily Cadman and Martin Stabe, FT

Emily is the head of interactive at the FT. She’s worked in online journalism in one guise or another for the past 10 years. Martin is an interactive producer at the FT. Prior to joining he ran the web operations for Press Gazette and Retail Week. Their talk will focus on the the team effort needed to produce good data journalism; plus the demands around balancing quality, speed and volume and building bespoke systems.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to security reasons, Bloomberg will only allow those who have RSVP'd "YES" on this Meetup event into their offices. Please make sure you arrive early to gain entry.

P.S If you are interested in becoming a guest host and organiser for future Hacks/Hackers events, please do get in touch: [masked].

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  • Martin B.

    I’ve written up all of the talks on my blog...

    “All Bloomberg journalism is data journalism” - Marianne Bouchart

    “Financial Graphics at Thomson Reuters” - Sam Arnold-Forster

    “Data + Other data + People = Readable story” - Himanshu Ojha

    “Data Journalism: not the job of one department” - Emily Cadman & Martin Stabe

    “If we don’t understand the financial system, we aren’t doing our jobs as journalists” - Chris Taggart

    2 · January 23, 2013

  • Liz B.

    Opportunity for a data journalist;

    Newsquest Specialist Media Ltd is looking for an ambitious and talented Assistant Editor to support the Insight and Data Team on the Insurance Times brand. Please email to request a job description: [masked]

    January 22, 2013

  • Nirmal L.

    Interesting event !!
    It would be helpful if organiser can make all presentations available to the group.

    January 20, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Does anyone have access to a copy of @Himanshu Ojha speech please? Thanks Joanna for the meet-up

    January 20, 2013

  • Henry T.

    Really enjoyed my first Hacks/Hackers. I know there was some discussion about the venue afterwards, but from an interactive journalism student's perspective it was the speakers and the content, rather than the venue, that made me come along. Really looking forward to the next one.

    2 · January 17, 2013

  • Mariano S.

    Thanks Joanna for a very interesting and truly popular event. Great venue!

    January 17, 2013

  • Carlos Martin T.

    congrats Marianne, good work! @ Himanshu Ojha forgot to ask you how many dry martinis/pints a data journo needs to get inspired..

    1 · January 17, 2013

    • Himanshu O.

      Somewhere between several and too many.

      2 · January 17, 2013

  • Paula F.

    Loved my first experience at the Hacks/Hackers. Very relevant subject, very knowledgeable people and very stylish venue. And loved Joanna's sense of humour and lightness when dealing with the unexpected. Certainly it is the first of many to come.

    January 17, 2013

  • Himanshu O.

    Hi Hacks and /or Hackers.
    Thanks for letting me speak at you last night, I had a fun time. Just to follow up:
    Here's the link again to the inequality series if anyone wants to play with the interactives

    And here's a Github link for the HTML 5 boilerplate template that went into the interactives


    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speakers, and very swanky venue!

    January 17, 2013

  • Pat

    Interesting to see that much data being mangled

    January 17, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Interesting speakers, but somehow less fun than usual?

    January 17, 2013

  • Aqeel

    It was a great insight into some of the processes involved when developing visualisations. From a creative point of view it was inspiring, however, it would be interesting to hear from the designers and developers how they deal with numbers and stats, the challenges they face and the production process in general.

    January 17, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Good speakers who really knew their stuff. Useful connections made.

    January 17, 2013

  • Lívia T.

    Very informational, inspiring, the venue was amazing and met new people.

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lovely content-packed evening.

    January 17, 2013

  • Peter M.

    Thoroughly enjoyable talks in a swanky new venue

    January 17, 2013

  • Rachel H.

    Really enjoyed it - good speakers, amazing venue...and pretty decent wine and nibbles!

    January 16, 2013

  • Morgan S.

    Looking forward to this. We are a combination of old school grey haired analysts and youthful enthusiasm. If you have good web dev skills and a strong interest in all things "news" pls take a look at this current developer position

    January 14, 2013

  • fleur

    Hi Joanna , As its my first time into your group and I'm looking forward to meeting you !

    January 15, 2013

  • Himanshu O.

    Hi all. I'll be talking about how we approach long data projects. In particular I'll be talking about a series I worked on about inequality in America. You can have a read of it here and play with the interactives here :


    January 15, 2013

  • Joanna G.

    Hi Steve,

    It's common for speakers to make their talks available after the event. Many in the past have been happy to send them directly to people if they request it. Hope that helps!


    January 12, 2013

  • steve s.

    excellent line up. Good to have some of the visuals available in advance if possible

    1 · January 11, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Great venue. Hope to be back in H&H circulation in the next month or so.

    1 · January 9, 2013

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