Kaitlin Gillespie is the education reporter and self-declared data witch for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington. She is the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Professional Chapter and co-founder of the Northwest News Nerds training organization.
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We Started Our Own News Nerd Training, and You Can Too
Our Northwest News Nerds events mix hands-on technical training with space to talk about representation in the newsroomPosted on
Small local news organizations are increasingly scaling back their budgets for professional development—that is, if they pay for journalists to travel to conferences at all. To work on filling the gap, Northwest News Nerds runs data journalism conferences open to women and non-binary journalists in the Northwest. We wanted something aimed squarely at beat reporters in small and medium-sized newsrooms to show that data wasn’t just for the big kids with big budgets. We also saw a need for more spaces for women, especially women of color, to speak candidly to each other about the challenges they face in newsrooms.