By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | June 24, 2013
The journalists behind The Boston Globe’s “68 Blocks” series, which takes an in-depth look at life in the city’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, knew they wanted hard data to play a key role in their work. But they didn’t want the series to read like a rundown of facts and figures, according to Steve Wilmsen, enterprise editor for the Globe’s Metro section. “We wanted it to seem like a story,” he said.
Wilmsen and a team of Globe journalists behind the series served as the keynote speakers at this year’s Data Day, an event held on Northeastern’s campus Friday and organized by the Massachusetts Area Planning Council, the Boston Indicators Project, and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Their panel discussion on how data figured into the groundbreaking series kicked off a day of events for policymakers, researchers, and advocates aimed at teaching them how data can help guide and inform better public policy.