Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium


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Miami, Fl

Join us for lectures and tutorials about shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication — including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, there will be opportunities for casual conversation and networking. The DH+DJ Symposium will take place in the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami (Coral Gables Campus).

Keynote Speakers


Lauren Klein is an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include early American literature and culture, food studies, media studies, and the digital humanities.


Dan Cohen

The Digital Public Library of America, brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and making them freely available to the world. I’m co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web , author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith , and co-editor of Hacking the Academy.


Dan Cohen

Scott directs a team of journalist/programmers at ProPublica, building interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that make complex national statistics relevant to readers. Scott is also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a service that helps news organizations search, manage, and present their source documents, and he teaches data visualization at The New Schools Journalism+Design program.




Liliana Bounegru is a researcher and teacher specialising in data journalism and new media studies.
Liliana Bounegru

Liliana Bounegru is a researcher and teacher specialising in data journalism and new media studies. She is affiliated with several universities in Europe and the US, including the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Ghent, Sciences Po, and Columbia University. Previously she founded and led the Data Driven Journalism initiative at the European Journalism Centre and co-edited the Data Journalism Handbook.

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Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami (UM), where he teaches courses on data visualization and infographics. He is also the director of the visualization program at UM’s Center for Computational Science, and Visualization Innovator in Residence at Univisión. He is the author of ‘The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization’ (2012) and ‘The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication’ (2016).

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Lynn Cherny

Lynn Cherny is a Visiting Knight Chair at the University of Miami and does consulting work in data analysis, data visualization, and natural language processing. She has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistic.

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DHDJ Symposium Speaker
Joe Germuska

Joe Germuska is the Executive Director of Northwestern University Knight Lab, a partnership of journalists, technologists and designers working on the future of journalism and storytelling. He’s also the project lead for Census Reporter, a tool to make US Census data easy for journalists and anyone. In a previous life, he worked with Northwestern faculty on digital  projects like The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory and the Oyez Supreme Court database.

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Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, where his research focuses on the politics of public information after the digital turn. He is also Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam; Research Associate at the médialab at Sciences Po; Tow Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University; and Director of Policy and Research at the global civil society organisation Open Knowledge.

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Jacqui Maher

Jacqui Maher is an interactive journalist with BBC News Labs, working with BBC News Online and the World Service to find the best ways of producing and presenting stories to a global audience. Prior to joining the BBC, she was part of the Interactive News desk at The New York Times, covering several Olympics and elections, wrangling a lot of data and editorial-focused audience analytics. Jacqui’s an active participant in the Hacks/Hackers, OpenNews and NICAR communities.

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Allison McCann

Allison McCann is a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight, the data news site started by Nate Silver. She analyzes data, designs and develops graphics, straying from the usual lines and bars to communicate visual information in new and interesting ways.

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Geoff McGhee

Geoff McGhee develops interactive media at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at  Stanford University. Previously, he spent a decade doing infographics, multimedia and video at The New York Times, ABC News and France’s Le Monde. In 2009-2010, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

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Paige Morgan

Paige Morgan (Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Miami) has been involved in building social infrastructure for digital humanities at McMaster University and the University of Washington. Her research focuses on 18th and 19th century perspectives on economics, and creating economic data for digital humanities projects.

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Abraham Parrish

Abraham Parrish became the GIS Librarian at the University of Miami Richter Library less than a year ago and also consults for the RS/GIS analysis company SIAS Global. Prior to that, he was the Head of the Yale University Map Department for 9 years and its GIS Specialist for the previous 5 years. He has also served in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst with two tours in Bosnia and Hercegovina and has interned as a at the American Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee, WI. He has produced several dozen maps mainly for academic publications.

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Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University
Ben Schmidt

Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University and core faculty at the NuLab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His research interests are in the digital humanities and the intellectual and cultural history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Scott Weingart

Scott B. Weingart is a historian of science, Carnegie Mellon University’s Digital Humanities Specialist, and co-author of The Historian’s Macroscope (2015). His research lies at the intersection of network science, 17th century astronomy, and media studies.

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Symposium Topics

Effective Communication

Techniques to transform scholarly articles and research papers into documents that the public can understand.

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Data Visualization, Mapping and Infographics

We will discuss how to design charts, maps, and infographics to discover trends and patterns in your data.

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text analysis
Text Analysis

Analyze texts and text corpora and summarize the contents, find patterns over time and similarity among documents.

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network analysis
Network Analysis

Visualize and understand relationships among entities in a connected graph.

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data cleaning
Data Cleaning

Techniques and tools for cleaning and combining various types of data.

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Our Sponsors

  • Knight Foundation
  • Center for Computational Science
  • Richter Library
  • School of Communication's Center for Communication, Culture & Change
  • UM's College of Arts and Sciences