Data Journalism UK 2017 #DJUK17

December 05, 2017   Birmingham, United Kingdom

Annual conference on data journalism, news automation and open data

Meet and hear from data journalists and academics from across the UK as we gather in Birmingham to talk about cutting-edge reporting, techniques for finding stories in structured information, and how great data journalism works.


Megan Lucero
Director of the Bureau Local
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Peter Sherlock
Assistant Editor
Karrie Kehoe
Data journalist
Aasma Day
Investigative Reporter & Lifestyle Editor
Johnston Press
Emma Youle
Investigations journalist
Peter Geoghegan
Journalist Director
The Ferret
Mevan Babakar
Digital Product Manager
Full Fact
Mercedes Bunz
Senior Lecturer
University of Westminster
C.W. Anderson
Professor of Media and Communication
University of Leeds
Alan Renwick
Urbs Media
Rob Grant
Senior Data Journalist
Trinity Mirror
Marianne Bouchart
Data editor
Mollie Hanley
Community organiser
Jenna Corderoy
MySociety - WhatDoTheyKnow


December 05
  • 9:00 AM

    9:50 AM
    • Registration area
  • 9:50 AM

    10:00 AM
    Introduction and welcome
    • Paul Bradshaw, Organiser #DJUK17, Birmingham City University
    • Main conference area
  • 10:00 AM

    10:45 AM
    Keynote: 1 year of organising BIJ’s new data lab

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's 'Bureau Local' project was established with £500,000 from Google's Digital News Innovation Fund to support data journalism at a local and regional level. One year on, project head and former Times data journalist Megan Lucero returns to talk about the stories the project has broken, and share what they've learned so far.

    • Megan Lucero, Director of the Bureau Local, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
    • Main conference area
  • 10:45 AM

    11:15 AM
    Sneak peek: New BBC Shared Data Unit

    As part of the BBC's Local News Partnership the BBC has established a new shared data unit to supply data and data-driven leads to the local news organisations. With over 600 print, online and broadcast titles already signed up, Pete will talk about how the unit has gone about planning data stories that can work across multiple regions and titles.

    • Peter Sherlock, Assistant Editor, BBC
  • 11:15 AM

    1:00 PM
    Panel 1: Investigating data - Chair: Dan Wainwright

    Hyperlocal, local and national outlets routinely use data as part of investigations. This panel brings together journalists from across the industry to talk about how they use data.

    • Karrie Kehoe, Data journalist, RTE
    • Aasma Day, Investigative Reporter & Lifestyle Editor, Johnston Press
    • Emma Youle, Investigations journalist, Archant
    • Peter Geoghegan, Journalist Director, The Ferret
    • Main conference area
  • 1:00 PM

    2:00 PM

    Including FOI Drop In with WhatDoTheyKnow

    • Jenna Corderoy, MySociety - WhatDoTheyKnow
    • Drop in sessions area
  • 2:00 PM

    3:30 PM
    Panel 2: Coding, fact checking and automation - Chair: Eddy Borges-Rey

    Coding and automation is playing a big role in data journalism. This panel looks at some code-based initiatives in 2017, and areas to watch in the coming years.

    • Mevan Babakar, Digital Product Manager, Full Fact
    • Mercedes Bunz, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster
    • C.W. Anderson, Professor of Media and Communication , University of Leeds
    • Alan Renwick, CEO, Urbs Media
    • Main conference area
  • 3:30 PM

    4:30 PM
    Sensor Journalism
    • Marianne Bouchart, Data editor, HEI-DA
    • Room 12
  • 3:30 PM

    4:30 PM
    R for journalists
    • Rob Grant, Senior Data Journalist, Trinity Mirror
    • Room 18
  • 3:30 PM

    4:30 PM
    • Mollie Hanley, Community organiser, OpenCorporates
    • Room 13
  • 4:30 PM

    5:00 PM
    Closing remarks
    • Paul Bradshaw, Organiser #DJUK17, Birmingham City University
    • Main conference area


Registration area, Main conference area, Drop in sessions area, Room 12, Room 18, Room 13
BBC Birmingham
102-108 Wharfside Street, England B1 1RE


Yemisi Akinbobola
Organiser #DJUK17
Birmingham City University
Eddy Borges-Rey
Organiser #DJUK17
University of Stirling
Paul Bradshaw
Organiser #DJUK17
Birmingham City University