Data in Journalism and The Media

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Hello! Welcome to PyData Manchester.

For our September meetup the theme is “Data in Journalism and Media” where we’ll hear about how data is used in the news and in the media.

We welcome everyone with an interest in all things data, from beginners to seasoned pros, whether you work in journalism, eCommerce, physics, or anything in between. We're big fans of open source. Python, R, and Julia are staples, but Java, and JavaScript often make an appearance.

PyDataMCR is a chapter of PyData, an educational program of NumFOCUS and thus abides by the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with its contents.



Annie Gouk is the Senior Data Journalist at Reach Data Unit, where she has worked for the last three years writing local data stories for regional newsrooms across the country. She was shortlisted for data journalist of the year at the regional press awards 2019.
Twitter:, @AnnieGouk

Matt Crooks is a Data Scientist at the BBC where he works on personalisation and recommendation projects for Children's and Knowledge & Learning. He has experience in a range of methodologies including Markov-Chain Monte Carlo, weighted network graphs, and k-means.


AutoTrader are generously hosting us at their HOME headquarters on the 24th September.

• 18:00 - 18:30 Networking, food & drinks
• 18:30 - 19:00 Annie Gouk, Senior Data Journalist @ Reach Data Unit - “Title TBD”
• 19:00 - 19:30 Matthew Crooks, Data Scientist @ BBC - “What would you do with a billion rows of data?”
• 19:30- 20:00 Networking
• 20:00+ to the Gas Works


The Venue is wheelchair accessible
The Venue has a separate quiet room if attendees wish to relax for a few minutes.
The event will be catered by AutoTrader, and there will be vegan, Halal, vegetarian and Gluten Free options available.

Food and drinks provided by AutoTrader
Thank you to NUMFocus for sponsoring Meetup and further support
Thank you to Cathcart Associates for sponsoring PyDataMCR – If you are looking for a job in data get in touch at