Blog entry by Waliyah Sahqani

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  1. Instructor: Simon Rogers, Data Editor, Google

Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of ‘Facts are Sacred’, published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor on the Trends team at Google, and formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. He is director of the Data Journalism Awards 2015 and is teaching data journalism at U Cal Berkeley Journalism school.

Simon edited and created, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website.

  1. Instructor: Yolanda Ma, Co-founder & Editor, Data Journalism China

Yolanda Jinxin Ma is co-founder and editor of Data Journalism China (, an independent online platform that introduces data journalism to the Chinese audience. She has trained hundreds of professional journalists in China on data skills. Yolanda currently works as a consultant on Innovation, Communications & Technology at the Regional Bureau of Asia Pacific of the United Nations Development Programme, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, she worked for Thomson Reuters on data visualization and the South China Morning Post on social media.

  1. Instructor: Jonathan Stray, Data Scientist, Journalist, Fellow at Columbia University

Jonathan Stray is a journalist and a computer scientist. He teaches computational journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and leads the Overview Project, an open source visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense of very large document sets. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.

  1. Instructor: Francesca Valsecchi, Assistant Professor in College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University

Francesca is an Italian communication designer and researcher. After graduation from Milan Polytechnic (MA, 2005; PhD, 2009) as a fellow of Density Design Research Lab, she moved to China for a post-doctoral research about sustainable heritages. She currently serves as Assistant Professor at College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University; her research interests cover the area of information and data visualization, digital social innovation, open design, design and cultures. Since 2010 she is based in Shanghai, enjoying the Asian trans-cultural lifestyle, and the thrilling mix of international environment, and traditional heritage. She is currently mainly active on a project to document and map Shanghai streetfood culture and places, and within the community of interest of Chinese opendata.

  1. Instructor: Irene Jay Liu, Enterprise Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

Irene Jay Liu is a reporter on the enterprise team at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong. She led the development of Reuters’ Connected China, an award-winning news app that tracks and visualizes the people and institutions that make up China’s power structure.

Previously, she was senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and a newspaper, television and radio reporter in Albany, New York. She has reported on global human smuggling networks, Iran's efforts to circumvent sanctions and how China's political elite gain access to lucrative deals in state-controlled sectors. Her feature story on a 2010 hostage crisis in Manila won first place at the Hong Kong News Awards.

Liu teaches journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong and was an adjunct at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University.

[ Modified: Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 11:57 AM ]


  • Sam Yates, Founder, America's Best Urgent Care and seasoned journalist.Sam Yates - Fri, 25 Mar 2016, 11:44 PM
    Awesome list of instructors. So stoked!