Over the last 30 plus years, I have watched and lived through journalism’s profound transformation from an era of mass-media dominance to today’s exciting mix of old, new and emerging media forms. Along the way, I decided I was going to be part of the transformation, rather than stick with the same old ways. In the 90s, I saw the power of data analysis to find and tell stories in ways that weren’t possible before, and today I love nothing more than to learn more about the new methods that are transforming how journalists do their work, and who journalists are. Through it, I have worked on Parliament Hill, as a radio reporter for the CBC in PEI and Manitoba, a print reporter for the Hamilton Spectator and most recently as a professor of journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These days I teach research and investigative/data reporting at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and coordinate the annual King’s summer schools in data journalism and coding for journalists.

It is a privilege to work with today’s young people, to pass on my passion for the traditional values of journalism, great writing, accuracy, thoroughness and objectivity of method, and my excitement about everything that is possible now. DataProf.ca is a place to give back, to share a little of what I know, point out resources, and showcase outstanding data journalism.

I am optimistic about where journalism can go, and its continuing central role in our democratic society. I feel immensely grateful for the chance to practice journalism and teach the wonderful students who come to King’s.

You can follow me on Twitter at @Fvjones and contact me at Fvjones (aat) gmail (dott) com

Fred Vallance-Jones