Future of Journalism: Sustaining Watchdog Journalism in the Digital Age
Next Big Thing: New Tools for Digital Digging
Watch live demos and presentations on data mining and computer-assisted reporting.Presenters include:
Bill Allison, Editorial Director, Sunlight Foundation
David Donald, Data Editor, Center for Public Integrity
Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics
Nadi Penjarla, Chief Architect/Designer, The Ujima Project
Bill Allison is the Editorial Director at the Sunlight Foundation. A veteran investigative journalist and editor for nonprofit media, Bill worked for the Center for Public Integrity for nine years, where he co-authored The Cheating of America with Charles Lewis, was senior editor of The Buying of the President 2000 and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller The Buying of the President 2004.
He edited projects on topics ranging from the role of international arms smugglers and private military companies in failing states around the world to the rise of section 527 organizations in American politics. Prior to joining the Center, Bill worked for eight years for The Philadelphia Inquirer -- the last two as researcher for Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.
David Donald is data editor at the Center for Public Integrity, where he oversees data analysis and computer-assisted reporting. His work has ranged from an investigation into the top sub-prime lenders behind the financial meltdown to the under reporting of campus sexual assault to the methods Medicare providers have used for years to overcharge the government healthcare program.
Sheila Krumholz is the Center for Responsive Politics' executive director, serving as the organization's chief administrator, the liaison to its board and major funders and its primary spokesperson.
Sheila became executive director in 2006, having served for eight years as the Center's research director, supervising data analysis for OpenSecrets.org and the Center's clients. She first joined the Center in 1989, serving as assistant editor of the very first edition of Open Secrets, the Center's flagship publication.
In 2010, Fast Company magazine named Sheila to its "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Sheila has a degree in international relations and political science from the University of Minnesota.
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Nadi Penjarla is the chief architect and designer of the Ujima Project. The Ujima Project (www.ujima-project.org) is a collection of databases, documents and other resources that aims to bring transparency to the workings of governments, multinational non-governmental organizations and business enterprises.
Nadi's work demonstrates that data analysis provides unique insights into international and local political controversies and brings the facts of the world into sharper focus. He has spoken and conducted workshops on computer assisted reporting at international forums such as the ABRAJI Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the GLMC Investigative Journalism Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, and at the Annual Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Conference.
Nadi possesses a strong background in data analysis and data mining, including work as an investment banker, and a strategy and business analytics consultant. Past projects include consulting for Fortune 500 companies on how to improve strategic decision-making, enhance operations, conduct complementary marketing and transform related business processes by properly analyzing data and its implications. In 2003 Nadi was the founding editor of Global Tryst, an online magazine focusing on international issues from a grassroots perspective.
Nadi holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.S in Engineering and Computer Science, and a B.S. in Engineering. He can be reached at 202-531-9300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila Krumholtz, executive director of OpenSecrets.org, uses graphical data to illustrate how large campaign contributions (to the tune of one million dollars or more) are just a "drop in the bucket" for big corporations like AT&T, but buy them immense political clout.