2019 News Corp Media Fellow

Meet our 2019-20 News Corp Media fellow, Carolyn Thompson. Carolyn is a Canadian data journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she reports primarily on human rights, politics, and migration. Her work has appeared on CBC, France 24, and the Washington Post, among others. She also works on open source investigative projects and as a media trainer.

In August 2019, Carolyn was one of five journalists selected by ICFJ to receive news innovation grants to fund data-driven projects. Her project, Controlling the Ebola outbreak, is an immersive storytelling game that walks readers through the complexity of trying to stem the Ebola outbreak in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Based on a mapof the outbreak and a timeline from the first-reported case to the present, readers will choose how to respond as the disease spreads and learn about the real-life actions that have been taken and their results.

After a three-day orientation hosted by ICFJ in Washington D.C., Carolyn will spend three months as a fellow with the Wall Street Journal’s media science lab in New York. She will also have the opportunity to work on project related to:

  • User research and adoption of R&D tools into newsrooms;
  • Data science, artificial intelligence and computational journalism;
  • Audience surveying and emerging forms of social media analysis.