Dante Chinni, Patchwork Nation, Telling Stories with Data Speaker Series


On April 11, Dante Chinni of Patchwork Nation visited the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as our final speaker in the Telling Stories with Data Series, sponsored by AEJMC and the Knight Foundation. Chinni is affilated with the Jefferson Institute, the Knight News Challenge winner we teamed up with the receive the grant. The afternoon session allowed Chinni to present the interesting work of Patchwork Nation, a project that breaks communities into common demographics, showing that the U.S. is much more of a Patchwork than the political pundits will have us believe. The talk was a combination of political implications and the role of data journalism. It was a perfect introduction for our students to understand the vast amounts of demographic data available and how it can be used to tell interesting and relevant stories.

For the evening session, Chinni met with the students in the Advanced Online Media class to discuss in more detail our Texas State of Change project, dealing with the demographics associated with our university's recent designation as Hispanic Serving Institution. Students were able to ask very specific questions dealing with our data project which was very helpful in moving our thinking ahead in this area. We greatly appreciated Chinni's time and insight.

Watch the video below for an excerpt of his talk.