How to Find Data for Asia
The bedrock of investigative reporting is facts, and few facts go as far to nail down a pattern of activity or wrongdoing as a robust database. Asia has traditionally not been known for an abundance of publicly available databases, but that's changing. Join data journalists from three countries to explore what's already public, strategies for discovering -- and uncovering -- other datasets, and critically, how to shape and build stories from the information.
Moderator: Reg Chua - Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation, Thomson Reuters
Reg Chua has been a journalist for more than a quarter of a century, working in print, electronic media, television and radio. He’s currently Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Thomson Reuters, based in New York. From July 2009 to March 2011, he was Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post, responsible for the editorial operations of the Hong Kong-based news media company. Prior to that, he had a 16-year run at The Wall Street Journal, including as a Deputy Managing Editor in New York, where he managed the global newsroom budget, supervised the graphics team, and helped develop the paper’s computer-assisted reporting capabilities. He also ran the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition for eight years, opened the paper’s bureau in Hanoi, and was its correspondent in the Philippines. With the launch of Connected China, he’s seeing now how the world of journalism is evolving and – hopefully – advancing.
Govindraj Ethiraj - Journalist and founder, IndiaSpend
Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and founder & Managing Trustee of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, both public interest journalism efforts that use data to investigate and tell stories. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and its content is now widely published and cited in Indian print, digital and television media.A career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian business and the economy for the last 24 years, he also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RS TV.He is also the founder of Boom Live and Ping Digital Broadcast, a news and utility focused digital television network. Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008.
Irene Liu - News Editor, Data, Thomson Reuters
Irene Jay Liu is a Hong Kong-based reporter on the global enterprise team at Thomson Reuters, where she led the development of Connected China, an award-winning news app that tracks and visualizes the people and institutions that make up China’s power structure. Once described as a "techno-weenie" by a (now-ex) boyfriend, Irene has embraced her inner geek, teaching a graduate-level data journalism course at the University of Hong Kong. She was previously senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post and a political writer/ blogger and television correspondent in New York.
Adek Media Roza - Head of Research & Publication, Katadata
Based in Jakarta, Adek was a journalist for more than a decade before joining Katadata,an economic and business online news website, in 2014. He obtained his Master in Journalism from University of Technology Sydney. He's keen to discuss data gathering and visualisation, natural resources, and the palm oil industry. He also teaches journalism.
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Recorded on September 24th, 2016, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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