Award Winner!

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John Greyson and Tarek Loubani return to Toronto. Credit: A. Fernandes

This morning I was notified by my program coordinator that I was the recipient of two Digital Media Gold Circle Awards with the Colombia Scholastic Press Association: one in the breaking news category, and another with the secondary news category!

I’m super proud of both pieces, especially since I worked with fantastic people for each piece.

Kiah Welsh and I spent a very long time working on a big data journalism piece: a comprehensive, interactive senate expense scandal timeline. It took a lot of work and research, but it turned out great.

Epse Currie, Andrea Fernandes and I busted it at Pearson International Airport when John Greyson and Tarek Loubani returned home after being held in Egypt for fifty days. We were brushing elbows with the national media, or in some cases, accidentally walked in front of the camera in the middle of a stand-up. 😉

Congratulations to all the award winners, but especially the Humber students and grads!



Looking back through the events: Data journalism and the Senate scandal

It’s been a while since I’ve had so many numbers, dates, bits of info and more to confirm. The story that Kiah Welsh and I worked on for Humber News Online needed it– a timeline of events of the Senate expense scandal.

At this point, there is a lot of the story that is still missing. Probably only the RCMP and parties directly involved have all the details, but we tried our best to make sense of what happened and is still happening.

We made a few editorial decisions. We decided to focus on the current major players– the three Conservative senators: Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. While there are Liberal senators with questionable expenses, the stories don’t seem to be as tightly intertwined as these three. We also wanted lots of visuals– pictures, tweets, videos, reports and text galore.

To see the timeline, click here.