Midway session: The role of data + journalism in a post-truth society

We’ve changed the Midway programming approach for ONA17 to give attendees more insider information and best practices. This year will feature 10 panel discussions highlighting Midway participants’ areas of expertise, unique data, research and industry analysis — no pitches, no fluff.

Find information better: New ways to research and access information

Thursday, Oct. 5, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — There’s data available about seemingly every subject imaginable. But how do you know what is reliable and what sort of verification should you be seeking? Comparing human vs. machine-gathered information adds another layer to these questions. This session looks at how data and journalism play a role in our post-truth society and the surprising and incongruous ways that journalists are finding and sharing information — and how that will look in the future.


  • Justin Varilek, Hack Pack, a network that connects journalists, fixers, photographers, videographers, editors and experts in more than 135 countries.
  • James Gray, Data.World, a repository of data sets and users working together to analyze and extract meaning.

    Data visualization from Data.World representing how funders and City of Chicago elected officials are connected through lobbyists.
  • Mike Philips, Vigilant, a tool that allows you to search and monitor hundreds of public record databases simultaneously.

Attend this session to discuss information, access and verification. Stop by each of these panelists’ Midway booths for demos and details.