Amanda Cox

Amanda is a graphics editor at the New York Times, where she creates charts and maps for the print and web versions of the paper. Before joining the Times in 2005, she received a Master’s degree in statistics. With a focus on data visualization and a fondness for slightly conceptual pieces, her work with colleagues has won several awards, including top honors at Malofiej, the largest international infographics contest.

Session: Truer Than True

One of the first rules of journalism is: don't make anything up. Using examples from the New York Times graphics department, I want to claim that, for some types of data problems, it's better if we do.

Panel: Data + Journalism

- What is data journalism?

- How is data being applied in different types of journalism, including visualization, investigation, drones, hardware - and other areas?

- Where do you get inspiration from? How do you apply that to your journalism?

- How is a general audience responding to data journalism?

- What techniques do data journalists use to make their work comprehensible and bring their audience along with them, in what sometimes is a specialized area?

- How do you avoid over-complicating or over-simplifying things?

- Who do you design/report for?

- How do you pull out data from stories for your audience?

- What are some of the boundaries/constraints in journalism, where you have to get creative with data?