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Aimee Edmondson and John Grimwade to present “Inside the 2016 Election: Data Journalism” at Oct. 26 Café Conversation

Will Rhodes | Oct 20, 2016
Scripps College of Communication faculty members John Grimwade and Aimee Edmondson will discuss the power of data visualization.
Scripps College of Communication faculty members John Grimwade and Aimee Edmondson will discuss the power of data visualization. Photo credit: Bob Stewart


The 2016 election will go down as one of the most contentious on record.  Polls have shown that people are suspicious of the candidates and the press. But now, some are also suspicious of the polls. How do researchers help people visualize vast amounts of data and present the data in an objective way so consumers can make the best informed decisions? 

In their Café Conversation, “Inside the 2016 Election: Data Journalism,” Scripps College of Communication faculty members Aimee Edmondson and John Grimwade will discuss why, in this age of information, creating and representing facts accurately and visually is more important than ever.  The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 26, in the Baker Center Front Room. 

“We are awash in data, and members of the public rely on journalists to distill vast amounts of complex information into memorable pieces of information,” Edmondson and Grimwade explain. “This relationship is especially important with the endless stream of information crowding out the things that really matter.” 

Café Conversations are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag

For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the event, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe  and  http://livestream.com/ohiocas.