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Event Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 4:00 pm

Join WBUR For ‘Big Data And The Future Of Journalism’

MassInc and GoogleFrom 2008 to 2012, Nate Silver popularized a new category of media content, analyzing “big data” to create readable and entertaining coverage of news stories and political events. Often, as his election forecasting has shown, math can tell us things that traditional reporting cannot.

Now, major media outlets including the New York Times and ESPN are  hiring entire teams of  “datarati” talent to expand  data analysis beyond politics and into other content areas. What will the new entities look like? Beyond rumors, speculation, and a few blog posts, nobody knows for sure.

WBUR, along with the Knight Foundation, CommonWealth Magazine and the MassINC Polling Group, is sponsoring a MassINC/Google talk, “Big Data and the Future of Journalism: A discussion among creators and consumers of big data.”  The event at District Hall, in the Seaport District, includes a panel discussion and reception.

After an introduction by the MassINC Polling Group’s Steve Koczela, who conducts polls regularly for WBUR, Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University will moderate the panel discussion. The panelists include Charlie Kravetz, general manager of WBUR; John Bracken of the Knight Foundation, and CommonWealth Magazine’s Paul McMorrow.

District Hall is located at 75 Northern Ave., Boston. The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to reserve your space.


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