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Data journalists: the rock stars of news

Leading data journalists Helena Bengtsson of STV (Sweden), John Burn-Murdoch of The Financial Times (UK), and Pamela Duncan of The Guardian (UK) join our Covid-19: a Data Story panel.

If the financial crisis of 2008 made finance and economic correspondents the stars of news, the Coronavirus pandemic made data journalists, science and health correspondents into household names.

We’ve never watched the numbers and graphs with such intensity. But what data can you trust and how to interpret what you see? Learn the best practices of data-driven stories at the times when data drives policy decisions like never before. Mon 6 June at 14:00 BST. Register to attend for free.

And here is a taster. One of this panel’s speakers, John Burn-Murdoch appeared on the BBC Radio 4 The Media Show, alongside Caelainn Barr of The Guardian, talking about data journalism at the time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Helena Bengtsson

Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian, UK between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

John Burn-Murdoch

John Burn-Murdoch is a senior data-visualisation journalist at the Financial Times.

Pamela Duncan

Pamela Duncan is an award winning journalist, working for the Guardian’s Data Projects team. During the Coronavirus pandemic she’s been specialising in providing in-depth analysis of Covid-19 data in the UK including excess deaths happening in people's homes/care homes and calling out gaps in the data and delayed or misleading data.
Published: 28 May 2020
6 July 2020

Covid-19: A Data Story. UK and Sweden.

Leading data journalists Helena Bengtsson of STV (Sweden), John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times (UK), and Pamela Duncan of the Guardian (UK), explain how data analysis plays a crucial part in the coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.