Data visualization comes alive at News Hack Arizona

News Hack Arizona, a collaboration between the UA School of Journalism and the Arizona Daily Star, provided training in data visualization and coding to journalists and students over the Jan. 30-31 weekend.

UA students such as Master's candidate Bakina Wellars (above, left) soaked up info with the Star's Johanna Eubank (right) and journalists from other state newspapers such as the Arizona Republic and the Flagstaff Sun.

"What a cool, awesome weekend of skills building," said UA journalism professor Michael McKisson, who helped organize the event. "Data visualization and coding will continue to be a huge part of journalism in the future — and we had a great turnout from across the state."

Team Frog, which included UA J-grad Brenna Goth (Republic), Tony Davis (Star), Laura Gomez, Marta Cerava and Tracy Greer, took first place in the news hack competition with their project on OSHA. Current UA students such as Alex McIntyre and other alumni finished in the top three.

About 80 people took classes Saturday in the event at the UA Science and Engineering Library, with 40 staying through Sunday to compete. McKisson said organizers hope to hold the event once or twice a year with new classes and subject matter.

Instructors were Carli Brosseau (Oregonian), Ron Hansen and Caitlin McGlade (Republic), Evan Wyloge (Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting), Eric Sagara (Center for Investigative Reporting), Matt Kiefer (Investigative Reports and Editors), Rob Wisner (Star) and McKisson.

(Murphy Woodhouse of the Nogales International took the photo above. Click HERE for more photos.)


Published Date: 

02/01/2016 - 2:52pm