Editorial boards that look nothing like their cities shouldn’t speak for them

Why do editorial boards look nothing like their communities? For decades, one organization has comprehensively tracked newsroom’s hiring, retention, and diversity efforts. The American Society of News Editors’ annual survey has always painted an occasionally hopeful but dim-in-aggregate picture of American newsrooms. Across the board, newsrooms often reflect the diversity of the country and their … Continued

RJI Futures Lab senior editor to teach Python data science course at CAR conference in Chicago

This week, I’ll reunite with my California Civic Data Coalition colleagues to co-teach a six-hour, hands-on session at the annual Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Chicago. Our class, “First Python Notebook,” is for journalists who want to learn data science. We’ll show our students how to use computer-assisted techniques to report on money in state politics, but the skills could … Continued