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Monika Sengul-Jones

Independent writer & scholar


Monika Sengul-Jones, PhD, is an independent writer and scholar. She lives, works, and teaches from Seattle, Washington in the United States, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. She has a doctorate in Communication and Science Studies from UC San Diego, and previously studied at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Sengul-Jones has expertise in media industries and culture from over a decade of experience as an ethnographer, digital researcher, editor, writer, journalist, and project manager. She writes about the intersections of technology and society. More at

Content by Monika

Wrangling the robots: Leveraging smart data-driven software for newsmaking

Existing data-driven tools and software can help alleviate the pressure points for journalists in their day-to-day reporting. Monika Sengul-Jones explains the benefits and challenges of incorporating them in the newsroom.

Best practices
Bring in the machines: AI-powered investigative journalism

Machine learning can help journalists analyse massive datasets and pinpoint misclassifications for their investigative reporting. Monika Sengul Jones explains how through examining a series of case studies from ICIJ to Buzzfeed News, Grist and more.

Best practices
Turbulent with a chance of data: Journalism’s drone-powered futures

Drone journalism isn't just for photojournalists. News organisations can use sensors and mapping technology from UAVs to create a range of data sets for storytelling, explains Monika Sengul-Jones.

Data collection
The promise of Wikidata

Wikidata can be a useful resource for journalists digging for data on a deadline. Monika Sengul-Jones explains the joy and perils of using the searchable data trove for your next story.

Data collection
Harnessing Wikipedia's superpowers for journalism

Finding hidden data inside the world's free encyclopedia is no easy task for journalists. In Monika Sengul-Jones' long read article, she explains how to navigate the often unwieldy world of Wikipedia.