Contributor profile

Mirko Lorenz

CO-CEO & Founder Datawrapper GmbH


Mirko Lorenz started working as a journalist for newspapers, magazines and TV in Germany. In 1995 he founded an independent consultancy for internet strategy and web projects, which still exists today. From 1995 to 2000 he worked for various large companies such as Sony Germany, Siemens and Government organizations to organise for digital, web-based communication. In 1999 he started a platform/database covering VC-funded start-ups 2000 and served as CEO after the acquisition of the project by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt from 2000 to 2003. After working in different roles as editor he joined the Deutsche Welle Innovation Team in 2008, where until today. In 2009 he began work on data-driven journalism related projects, organised events on the topic together the European Journalism Centre. In 2011 he founded Datawrapper, which was launched as a public beta in 2012. Since then Datawrapper has evolved into a widely used tool for data visualization in newsrooms around the world. As of 2019 Mirko splits his time between research projects on behalf of Deutsche Welle in Bonn/Berlin and as Co-CEO of Datawrapper, which is based in Berlin.

Content by Mirko

Data visualisation Coding
What is the best way for journalists to learn D3.js?

The ability to create interactive visualisations is a widely sought skill in newsrooms. But non-coding journalists often feel nervous getting started. Scott Murray provides valuable advice on learning D3.js and when to expect productivity.