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ProPublica, New York Times to Host Talk on Role of Data in Reporting on Race

Update: This event is full, but will be webcast live starting at 6 p.m. on June 30, 2015. Please check back then for the link to the live stream.


Racially charged issues and events have long made headlines across the nation. But in a data-driven, online-first world, the reporting behind those headlines is more comprehensive than ever before. On June 30, ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Company's African Heritage Network, will host a free conversation on this new world of journalism.

The event, “Reporting on Race in America: How Big Data Changed the Job Forever,” will feature:

  • Marcus Mabry, editor at large for The New York Times and author of "Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power,” and the memoir "White Bucks and Black-Eyed Peas: Coming of Age Black in White America;"
  • Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, the National Association of Black Journalists' 2015 Journalist of the Year, who has just joined The Times from ProPublica;
  • Data Editor Jeff Larson of ProPublica, a Livingston Award winner.


  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, 15FL, New York, NY 10018
  • RSVP here. Tickets are free, but limited!
  • Refreshments will be served.

Hannah-Jones and Larson are the among the leaders of data-centric reporting on race, their deep dives and inventive data visualization resulting in ProPublica's interactive map of segregation during the Great Migration, for example, and its first-of-a-kind searchable database of school desegregation orders from the award-winning "Segregation Now" project.

Mabry, who conceived and edited the Times's "Race Remixed" series, is the perfect guide for the evening's questions: What does data tell us that even the best on-the-ground reporting cannot? How can every journalist use data more effectively? And, perhaps most important: In an era of “viral” content, how does the power of big data change the responsibilities of the journalists using it to examine these provocative issues?

Questions about this event? Contact Nicole Collins Bronzan, communications director, at [email protected].

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