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A Data Journalist at Twitter

Every day Twitter's users send more than 500 million Tweets around the world, but what do those billions of words actually tell us? How much do Tweets reflect what's happening in the world and how can you access the data to tease apart some of the meanings hidden inside? What kind of data is it and what does it tell you? 

Simon Rogers will talk though how he came to learn how to use Twitter data and how he works with it every day to try and extract meaning and stories. He'll talk about his datajournalism career, his role at Twitter, the tools he uses to create visualizations and data stories — and how you can do it yourself.


Simon Rogers Biography:


simonrogers.net/about

On Twitter: @smfrogers


Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of ‘Facts are Sacred’, published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Twitter, San Francisco.

Simon edited and created  guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website.

He has also been a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets.

In May 2013, he joined Twitter in San Francisco as the organisation’s first Data Editor working to tell stories from billions of tweets.


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  • David B.

    They could have used a microphone.

    March 27, 2014

    • Steven M.

      He's British - they're soft spoken ;)

      March 27, 2014

    • Steve L.

      Steve, stop brow-beating our members!

      March 27, 2014

  • Eugene Y.

    Simon Rogers illuminated the profound changes Twitter has on news reporting. Integrating the use data and graphics to enrich the story details. Much more to follow.

    March 27, 2014

  • Vietnhi P.

    Nice presentation from a journalist who is not a data professional, but who uses data on day to day basis to his job. And it appears, he is doing that without a lot of help from his organization. The lesson I am taking from this presentation is that data should not stay confined to data specialists but should be spread out as far as possible among the various fields and professions. And doing that may pay off in all sorts of unexpected ways. And the concise and simple Twitter format makes Twitter a prototypical real-time source of data :)

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Hulya S.

    Thanks Steve. You're a great organizer.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Colin B.

    Super interesting. Great talk. Really cool presentation and visuals.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Christine M.

    Thanks for a great presentation tonight by Simon Rogers - open data journalist - loved the punk rock origins - anyone can do it! - confirmation for my field of work (not journalism) using similar data sources for litigation support and business investigations. Can't wait for next data skeptic meet up...

    March 26, 2014

  • Tessa F.

    This was great--kudos to the organizers and the speaker. Looking forward to future meet ups!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Jessica K.

    Super interesting great job Mornelli!!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Dinesh K.

    35 spots are open! Yeah!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Christian P.

    I'm looking forward to going! @DecodedCo

    March 25, 2014

  • vijay v.

    Hi,
    Was wondering if the talk will be high-level or more technical in nature?

    2 · March 25, 2014

  • Ron M.

    My guest (plus one) Arsenio France Thanks, looking forward!

    March 24, 2014

  • David B.

    Looking forward to hearing & meeting Simon Rogers.
    Cheers,
    DB

    March 23, 2014

  • Thu P.

    How can I get on the waitlist?

    March 20, 2014

    • Steven M.

      Hi Thu, I'm sorry but for this particular event we don't have a waitlist due to the venue capacity. I would suggest just keeping an eye on the signups as it's always in flux.

      March 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thu, perhaps you might sign up for this instead: http://towcenter.org/...­ it appears they have room

      March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Already had a previous engagement before joining but looking forward to the next one.

    March 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Austin, Simon is also speaking on Tuesday at Columbia in case you can make that instead: http://towcenter.org/...­

      March 20, 2014

  • Eugene Y.

    Fukushima Radioactive Fallout, the waste water, the danger, the solution. The truth will come from Twitter Stories. I hope it has a happy ending.

    March 18, 2014

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