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The term "data journalism" is nearly as prevalent as the term "big data." With more and more access to data, improvements in technology, and the transformation of traditional print journalism, today's readers are expecting a different type of reading environment than ever before, which often includes data visualization. Where does this leave traditional journalism? Where is journalism heading?

In DVDC's first roundtable event, four experts will discuss the present state of data journalism, where it is headed, and what that means for both journalists and readers. Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, and with panelists from GWU, the Washington Post, NPR, and the New York Times, this promises to be an exciting evening.

Moderator: Frank Sesno
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University, an Emmy-award winning journalist, and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability.

Panelists:
Jeremy Bowers
Jeremy is a developer on the news applications team at NPR. Previously, he was a senior embedded developer at the Washington Post and news technologist at the St. Petersburg Times/Politifact.

Nikki Usher
Nikki Usher is a professor at The George Washington University. She studies news production in the digital age, and most recently has been at work studying the intersection of tech and journalism.

Derek Willis
Derek Willis is an interactive developer at The New York Times and works mostly on political projects. He maintains The Times' congressional and election data.

Kat Downs
Kat Downs is the Graphics Director at The Washington Post where she designs, develops and edits information graphics and multimedia projects.

Schedule
530-615: Dinner and mingling
615-630: Opening and DVDC announcements
630-715: Moderated roundtable discussion
715-745: Q&A from audience
745-Dawn: Data Drinks