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The Journalism Salute

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The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview journalists about who they are and what they do.The goal is to show that journalism is a great profession, that journalists are not the enemy, and that there are many great careers an aspiring journalist can pursue.Our goal is … read more


Gabriel Kahn of Xtown.LA on Data Journalism at the Local Level

On this episode, we’re joined by Crosstown LA Publisher and editor, Gabriel Kahn, a professor at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Crosstown LA covers the neighborhoods of Los Angeles in a different way – through data. Their stories are brief, visually-vibrant, and phone-friendly.

Gabriel explained how the project was born and how the Crosstown LA team of writers and editors, designers, and software engineers work together to produce stories. He gave examples of stories that the group is proud of, specifically in the areas of social justice, Coronavirus, and crime coverage. He also explained both the capabilities and the limitations that the data provides, and described creating a customized newsletter to help further their project.

He also gave advice for people interested in getting into data journalism and picked another journalism organization that helped inspire this project that he wanted to salute.

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