Friday lunchtime lecture: The ups and downs of data journalism

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Fri Feb 3, 2017 13:00
Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Londonist Editor James Drury will discuss data journalism today and the challenges and opportunities data can present to journalists

Friday 03 February 2017, 1:00pm – 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

With increasing accusations of ‘fake news’, spin and highly influential public relations flying around, data is becoming more widely used in stories to back up their claims with evidence their readers can verify.

How has data journalism developed? What are the challenges and opportunities that data can present to journalists? How easy is it for journalists to access useful data and build stories from it?

Londonist Editor James Drury will explore these questions, using real-life examples from and others, and whether the most important newsroom resource of the future could be Excel.

About James Drury

A journalist for 18 years, James is currently Editor in Chief at, a website all about London. Through its editorial, videos, weekly podcast and daily newsletters it is read by two million people every month, and has almost two million social media followers.

Live stream

Watch a live stream here from 1pm on Friday 3 February.