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Biography

Tara has written for the FT Weekend Magazine, TIME Magazine, France24, CNN and The Huffington Post. She has a postgraduate degree in Data Journalism from University College Dublin.

Content by Tara

Covering issues
Delta variant vs. the vaccine rollout

Vaccinologist Dr Melvin Sanicas speaks to Conversations with Data about the current state of the vaccine rollout. He explains how different vaccines are working to protect populations exposed to the delta variant.

Data visualisation
Closing the data literacy gap

Our latest Conversations with Data podcast features Ben Jones, CEO and co-founder of Data Literacy. He talks to us about the importance of closing the data literacy gap with data journalism.

Data visualisation
Designing better data visualisations

Our latest Conversations with Data podcast features Maarten Lambrechts, a freelance data visualisation consultant. He talks to us about how he helps organisations communicate their numbers by creating static and interactive visualisations.

Data visualisation
Visual storytelling inside The Pudding

This week's newsletter features senior journalist - engineer Jan Diehm from The Pudding. She talks to us about her creative process for designing and developing visual essays for the benchmark publication.

Data analysis
Tackling quantitative imperialism

This week's newsletter features Prof Deborah Stone. She talks to us about her new book, "Counting: How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters".

Data visualisation
The story behind Datawrapper

This week's newsletter features Charlotte Lisa Rost of Datawrapper. She talks to us about the DataVis Book Club and how the pandemic has changed data visualisation.

Data visualisation
Better data visualisations

This week's Conversations with Data newsletter features economist and data visualisation expert Jonathan Schwabish. He speaks to us about his latest book, "Better Data Visualizations: A guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks".

Best practices
Finding data outliers for solutions journalism

In this week's newsletter, investigative data journalist Matthew Kauffman explains how data journalists can apply a solutions-oriented mindset to their reporting to show a path forward to solving society's most pressing problems.

Quality journalism
Investigating crime and corruption with data

In this week's newsletter, investigative journalist Pavla Holcova talks to us about using data to investigate the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová.

Resources
What's on at #NICAR21

Attending #NICAR21 next month? In our latest Conversations with Data newsletter, Denise Malan from IRE tells us all about what's on at this year’s virtual conference. She also shares her advice on how to get started in data journalism.

Covering issues
Vaccines and variants: What you need to know

In this week's Conversations with Data newsletter, we discuss the new COVID-19 variants and what they mean for the current vaccine rollout programme.

Resources
Privacy Day 2021: What journalists need to know

In this week's Conversations with Data newsletter, we assembled a digital security guide for journalists to stay safe online.

Resources
Digital verification for human rights advocacy

In this week's Conversations with Data newsletter, we caught up with Sam Dubberley from Amnesty International. He talks to us about the opportunities and challenges of using open source information for human rights advocacy work.

Covering issues
Navigating vaccine hesitancy

In this week's Conversations with Data newsletter, we caught up with Professor Heidi Larson, an anthropologist who is director of The Vaccine Confidence Project. She talks about vaccine hesitancy along with her new book, "Stuck".

Data collection
Taking stock of open data

In the latest Conversations with Data newsletter, we spoke with Open Data Watch's Shaida Badiee about the state of open data around the world.

Data visualisation
Mind the map

In the latest Conversations with Data newsletter, we spoke with science journalist Betsy Mason about how to effectively use maps to help visualise stories.

Quality journalism
Meet the undercover economist

In this week's Conversations with Data podcast, Financial Times columnist and BBC presenter Tim Harford talks to us about his latest book "How to Make the World Add Up".

Best practices
Politics and probability

In this week's Conversations with Data podcast, Micah Cohen, FiveThirtyEight's managing editor, talks to us about the uncertainty of opinion polling data in the upcoming US elections and why we might not know the winner on November 3.

Case studies
FinCEN Files: Q&A with ICIJ's Emilia Diaz-Struck

We spoke with ICIJ's Emilia Diaz-Struck about how it investigated big banks sending trillions of dollars in illicit funds around the world.

Data visualisation
Storytelling beyond charts and graphs

We spoke to Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick about "I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe." The pair also provided advice for journalists collaborating with designers on data projects.

Data visualisation
Q&A with Alberto Cairo

We spoke to Alberto Cairo about the latest edition of his book "How Charts Lie". He also provides some useful advice for journalists covering the US elections.

Best practices
A.I. adoption in media

We spoke with Professor Charlie Beckett, the founding director of Polis, the LSE's media think-tank. He talked to us about Polis' JournalismAI project and the findings from its global survey of journalism and artificial intelligence.

Coding
AI in the newsroom

This week's newsletter and podcast feature a conversation with Professor Nicholas Diakopoulos, who heads up the computational journalism lab at Northwestern University.

Data analysis
The power of predictive analytics

This week's newsletter and podcast feature a conversation with Leonardo Milano who heads up the predictive analytics team at the United Nations OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data.

Data collection
Trustworthy data

This week's podcast features a conversation with Professor Denise Lievesley from the University of Oxford. She discusses what data journalists can learn from statisticians and the parallels between the two professions.

Best practices
Detecting deepfakes

In this week's Conversations with Data podcast, Buzzfeed's Craig Silverman spoke with Sam Gregory, Programme Director at WITNESS. They discussed synthetic media and the tools and techniques journalists need to detect fakery online.

Resources
Debunking disinformation

In this week's Conversations with Data podcast, Buzzfeed's Craig Silverman spoke with Dr. Claire Wardle, executive director at First Draft about the tools and techniques journalists need to spot, monitor and debunk disinformation campaigns.

Resources
Data uncertainty & COVID-19

In this week's Conversations with Data podcast, we spoke with Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, an Associate Professor from the University of Auckland about the science and uncertainty behind COVID-19.

Resources
Visualising stories around COVID-19

In this week's Conversations with Data, with data visualisation expert Amanda Makulec about how to create understandable charts, graphs, and maps that better explain complexity in the uncertain times of COVID-19.

Case studies
Simulating a pandemic

The most-read piece on The Washington Post's website visualised how pandemics like COVID-19 spread and how social distancing can flatten the curve. We explore the impact of the simulations and how graphics reporter Harry Stevens did it.

Resources
Q&A with Simon Rogers

As the data editor at Google News Lab, we spoke with Simon Rogers about the 2020 Sigma Awards, machine learning in the newsroom, and why collaboration is the future of data journalism.

Resources
Closing the gender data gap with Data2X

To mark International Women's Day, we spoke with Data2X's executive director Emily Courey Pryor about how missing or incomplete data on girls and women stop journalists from telling the full story.

Resources
Verification for data

We caught up with Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed's media editor and one of the world's experts in on online misinformation and content verification. He talked to us about the importance of verification and how he works with Buzzfeed's data team.

Resources
Neurodiversity and design

We caught up with the BBC's neurodiversity leads Sean Gilroy and Leena Haque. The pair talked to us about designing for neurodivergent audiences and why it matters for data storytelling.

Resources
Decoding the dynamics of a data team

Behind every award-winning data visualisation, there's a team merging the best of design, code and journalism. But orchestrating this is no small feat. We examine the best advice on building and managing data teams.

Resources
Q&A with The Sigma Awards team

We caught up with the Sigma Awards' co-chair Aron Pilhofer and competition manager Marianne Bouchart. The pair talked to us about how the new competition came to be, why it differs from the previous awards, and the backstory behind the name.