Matt Carroll on data as journalism

Matt Carroll

Boston Globe reporter (and Northeastern alumnus) Matt Carroll visited our class on Wednesday for a discussion and demonstration of data as journalism.

Carroll, an investigative reporter whose most recent major story exposed a deadly hazard inside the Big Dig tunnels, is also a specialist who makes sense of numbers for the Globe and its Web site, Boston.com. Among other things, Carroll is the person behind the “Mass. Facts” section of Boston.com. Be especially sure to see some of the presentations he has put together in “Your town,” which you can reach by scrolling to the bottom of “Mass. Facts.”

On Wednesday, Carroll demonstrated a few of his “Your town” datasets and showed us visualizations at a site called Many Eyes, a set of free, Web-based software tools from IBM.

Please write a post for your blog on Carroll’s talk, working in a few of his “Your town” presentations as well as Many Eyes. Compare and contrast this with traditional story-based journalism. You should have your post online by 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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