The Sensor Journalism Series

A webinar series on Sensors in Journalism, beginning March 8, 2015
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We've invited speakers who are practitioners, educators, developers, experimenters, and supporters of sensor journalism to share and discuss their work, then hold a brief Q&A afterward. We hope to expand on existing research on sensor journalism, as captured by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Sensors & Journalism report, along with best practices, as learned through experience and experiment (e.g. DustDuino, the Open Water Project). Everyone’s invited — including you!

All the sessions will be archived and hosted on the OKCast website in an effort to build a working knowledge base for sensor journalism beyond informal discussions and meetings on and offline.

Schedule of Events

  1. Tues, Feb. 24 @ 5PM ET - Sensor Journalism Kickoff with Fergus Pitt, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
  2. Sun, March 8 @ 1PM ET - Sensor Design and Deployment with Travis Hartman (KBIA noise pollution project), Matt Schroyer (DustDuino), and Shah Selbe (National Geographic Explorer)
  3. Sun, March 15 @ 2PM ET - Toward an Educational Module for Sensor Journalism with Catherine D'Ignazio (Emerson College, MIT Center for Civic Media), Don Blair (Public Laboratory of Science), Abbey Collins (Emerson College), Amy Schmitz Weiss (San Diego State University)
  4. Sun, March 22 @ 2PM ET - Internet of Things & Smart Cities with Yodit Stanton (, Rob von Kranenberg (, Michael Wayne (Qualia Networks)
  5. Sun, March 29 @ 2PM ET - Sensor Calibration and Certification with Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons)

What you can do

  1. Attend the webinar! Schedule coming soon. The series starts March 8, 2015.
  2. Help share this announcement to tell others this is happening! Use the #sensorjourno hashtag on Twitter and tag @OKCast and @dangerbui on Twitter.
  3. Suggest speakers for any of the above listed themes by e-mailing or media partners by emailing (We’ve already begun reaching out to a few.)
  4. Volunteer to host a synchronous live local event around the Unhangouts! Know of a group of friends or colleagues who might want to convene somewhere to stream the Unhangouts? You can host a local live streaming event where you are to tune in. Make sure you let us know if you’re doing this so we can help you coordinate!


Each week during the month of March, we'll cover
a topic in sensor journalism.

An Overview of Sensor Journalism

A synchronic overview of sensor journalism, who is practicing it, and projections for the future.

Conservation Journalism

How sensors might be used toward raising awareness about conservation concerns and issues.

Sensor Design & Deployment

A conversation about hardware development and different deployment strategies for sensors.

Toward an Educational Model for Sensor Journalism

Working toward developing educational models that incorporate sensors and storytelling into curricula.

Internet of Things & Smart Cities

Sensors in our homes and in our cities -- a discussion about the scale of things to come.

Ethics & Sensor Certification

A legal and ethical perspective on using sensors for storytelling.


Each topic will be discussed by a few presenters.
Here they are.

Shah Selbe

- National Geographic Explorer -

Shah Selbe is an engineer, conservation technologist, and National Geographic Explorer that works with communities, NGOs, and developing countries to identify and deploy open technologies that can help with their greatest conservation challenges.

Matt Schroyer

- Founder & President, -

Matthew Schroyer is the founder and president of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists, and the creator of DustDuino, an open-source air quality monitor being deployed globally by the Earth Journalism Network. He also is an instructional technologist for OCCC, educational robotics developer, and social network analyst for an NSF grant at the University of Illinois.

Catherine D'Ignazio

- Assistant Professor, Emerson College -

Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization in the Department of Journalism at Emerson College and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

Don Blair

- Fellow, Public Lab -

As a Fellow at Public Lab (, I've been focusing on developing community-based, open-source approaches to water monitoring. As a Research Affiliate at the Center for Civic Media at MIT, I've been interested in studying and promoting social structures that better support and democratize the practice of scientific research.

Amy Schmitz Weiss

- Assoc. Professor, San Diego State -

Amy Schmitz Weiss is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. She teaches journalism courses in basic writing and editing, multimedia, web design, data journalism, and mobile journalism.

Rob van Kranenburg

- Author of The Internet of Things -

Author of The Internet of Things - a critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. He currently works as Community Manager at the EU Project

Michael Wayne

- Co-Founder, Qualia Networks -

Co-Founder of Qualia Networks, an open IoT hardware and machine learning technology company in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously consulted to the California DoT on developing the open source embedded architecture of Connected Car technology. Founder of the LinkedIn Coffee Shop Connectivity project.

Yodit Stanton

- CEO & Founder, -

Is the CEO and Founder of, an Internet of Things startup, that makes data from devices easily accessible. Yodit is a software developer with a special interest in machine learning and she spends most of her time thinking about how to create IoT systems that puts people first.

Puneet Kishor

- Science & Data, Creative Commons -

Puneet Kishor is the manager of science and data policy at Creative Commons, where he works on all aspects of the scientific information lifecycle to make it systemically open and collaborative. Puneet’s current CC Science projects are focused on making better workflow tools, issues around personal data, and other topics.

Travis Hartman

- Masters Student, University of Miissouri -

Travis Hartman is currently finishing his masters degree from the University of Missouri school of Journalism. His efforts have revolved around the visualization of data, statistical analysis and using sensors to aggregate environmental data. Currently an intern at Graphciacy, a creative analytic design firm located in Washington DC.

Abigail Collins

- Journalism Student, Emerson College -

Abigail Collins is a senior journalism student at Emerson College. She's particularly interested in environmental and science reporting.


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About the Series

This series is organized and hosted by
the OKCast and the Sensor Journalism Lab