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There’s never been a better time to be a data journalist. Society is increasingly being driven by data, and the widespread availability of all of this digital information is opening up new opportunities for storytelling. But how do you get started? SABEW’s next training session will teach you how to use data to produce high-impact stories. We’ll talk about how data journalists go about their jobs, and how different newsrooms define data journalism. Our presenters will also share their best practices and talk about some of their favorite data mining tools.


Ashleigh Cotting, assistant manager of the data journalism team, S&P Global Market Intelligence. Ashleigh manages the Commodities Data Journalism team within the newsroom at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Prior to managing the team, Ashleigh specialized in writing data driven coverage of the energy and metals and mining industries. Now, she leads the team’s efforts in using data to cover both breaking news and long term trends in both industries. Ashleigh also manages the Cartography team at S&P Global Market Intelligence, which produces maps for the company’s news and research teams for use in articles and reports. @ashcotz

John Hillkirk, senior enterprise editor, Kaiser Health News. John previously was a reporter or editor at USA Today. His KHN team has won a variety of awards including a Bartlett and Steele Gold Medal, a Gerald Loeb Award and prizes from the National Press Club, NIHCM, AHCJ and National Headliners. At USA Today, John led the newspaper’s Investigations team, which won two IRE Silver Medals, a Gerald Loeb Award, a duPont-Columbia prize and a Pulitzer finalist. Prior to that, John was editor-in-chief at USA Today for three years and executive editor for five years. John has co-authored three books: “Xerox: American Samurai,” “Grit, Guts and Genius” and “A Better Idea: Redefining the Way Americans Work.” John graduated from and received an honorary doctorate degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. @johnhillkirk

Elizabeth Lucas, data editor, Kaiser Health Health News. Liz specializes in data analysis and reporting for the KHN enterprise team. She came from Investigative Reporters and Editors, where she spent four years training and supporting data journalists around the world as the NICAR Data Library director. Previously she worked as a data reporter on health and the environment for the Center for Public Integrity. She has a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. @eklucas