Census Stories Beyond the Numbers

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August 11, 2021

Census Stories Beyond the Numbers

On Aug. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau will release in-depth demographic statistics from the 2020 census. This one-hour webinar on Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern will help journalists prepare to cover the changing demographics of their communities.

Overview

  • Tune into this free, one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern to prepare for the next round of 2020 census data
  • Hear tips from experienced data journalists who have covered multiple decennial census data releases
  • Get your questions answered throughout the webinar and during an optional 30-minute Q&A at the end of the session

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Learning Outcomes

After this presentation, discussion and Q&A, you will be able to:

  • Outline key census concepts and definitions before diving into the new demographic data
  • Generate story ideas about changing demographics that you can work on right away and over the long term
  • Utilize expert sources for your reporting

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Overview

  • Tune into this free, one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern to prepare for the next round of 2020 census data
  • Hear tips from experienced data journalists who have covered multiple decennial census data releases
  • Get your questions answered throughout the webinar and during an optional 30-minute Q&A at the end of the session

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On Aug. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau will release in-depth demographic statistics from the 2020 census. The data will reveal how the ethnic, racial and voting age makeup of neighborhoods, cities, counties and states has changed since the 2010 census, as well as inform political redistricting. 

This once-a-decade data dump is immense, detailed, highly technical — and massively influential in communities across the United States. Journalists from all beats will use this data in their reporting for years to come. This webinar, part of Poynter’s training series on the 2020 census and timed the day before this data is released, will help journalists prepare to cover their changing communities, now and in the future. 

During the first part of the webinar, you’ll get an overview of the 2020 census from MaryJo Webster, data editor at the StarTribune, and D’Vera Cohn, senior writer/editor at the Pew Research Center. They’ll share with you key terminology and concepts, the impact of the pandemic on data integrity and how the Census Bureau historically approaches data releases. 

Next, you’ll focus on best practices for data-driven stories about race and ethnicity with Olivia Winslow, reporter at Newsday, Suzanne Gamboa, reporter at NBCLatino, and Charmaine Runes, data/visuals reporter at WBEZ, Chicago.

In the final section of this training, participants and instructors will collaborate to generate story ideas based on what kinds of data will be released from the Census Bureau. 

This webinar launches a larger project, the Census 2020 Data Co-op, which was formed to help journalists find census stories in the data. The tools and training will be focused on the August 2021 “redistricting” data release, which includes detailed figures about population, race and ethnicity, and housing. The Co-op will process the census data and make it available in easy-to-use platforms. Poynter will offer training in how to use the data and these platforms. If you enroll in this webinar, you will be notified about the additional training.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

This one-hour webinar takes place Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The first half of the webinar will be a presentation about census data news and concepts, with a deep dive into stories around race, ethnicity and other topics. The second half of the webinar will be an interactive discussion about story ideas.

Faculty and guest instructors will plan to answer questions for up to 30 minutes after the session concludes to fully prepare participants to cover the next census data release. This webinar will be recorded and available for replay within 48 hours.

Who should enroll

Journalists who are tasked with reporting on the U.S. census or who may use data gleaned from the census, including those who cover economics, politics, government and health, should enroll. This may include data editors new to decennial data, political journalists reporting on redistricting and reporters who cover demographics.

Ultimately, census data can enrich reporting on any beat, from sports to business, education to race. We encourage diverse journalists from all markets and mediums to enroll. Journalism students and educators will also benefit.

Cost

This webinar is offered tuition-free, and is part of Poynter’s ongoing census training series. This effort is led by Big Local News at Stanford University, Census Reporter at Northwestern University and the Associated Press, and is made possible with support from the Google News Initiative and in cooperation with the JSK Journalism Fellowships.

Instructors

Co-faculty:

  • MaryJo Webster
    Data Editor, Star Tribune
    MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for 20 years and is gearing up for her third time analyzing and telling stories from decennial census...
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  • D'Vera Cohn
    D’Vera Cohn
    Senior Writer/Editor, Pew Research Center
    D’Vera Cohn is a senior writer/editor focusing on immigration and demographics at Pew Research Center. She also manages the center's research on the 2020 census....
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Guest instructors:

  • Suzanne Gamboa
    National Reporter and Senior Writer for NBCLatino
    Suzanne Gamboa is a senior writer for NBC Latino, a section of NBCNews.com, the national network’s digital site. Shenow  focuses on the Latino community, frequently...
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  • Olivia Winslow
    Demographics Reporter, Newsday
    Olivia Winslow has been a reporter at Newsday for 28 years and currently covers demographic trends on Long Island. She was part of the investigative...
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  • Charmaine Runes
    Data/Visuals Reporter, WBEZ
    As WBEZ's data/visuals reporter, Charmaine analyzes data and designs visualizations that contextualize stories and empower people. Prior to moving to Chicago, Charmaine was a public...
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