Featured Profile: David Herzog
Journalist David Herzog creates tools to analyze and use data.
A journalist and educator with more than 25 years of experience, Herzog specializes in using geographic information system (GIS) tools to report the news. Before joining the University of Missouri journalism school faculty in January 2002, Herzog spent five years as an investigative reporter at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, where he used computer-assisted reporting to cover public corruption.
As a fellow at MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute, Herzog helped launch OpenMissouri.org, where journalists and citizens can find, request and share state and local government data. Under the umbrella of the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization, he co-created “Econocheck,” a tool that helps reporters verify and contextualize economic claims. The tool is particularly useful during campaigns.
Herzog serves as the academic adviser to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting and helps run its data services. Additionally, he serves on the board for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. He is the author of “Data Literacy: A User’s Guide,” which helps journalists learn to identify, evaluate and analyze real-life data sets, including how to look for shortcomings within data.
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