Hi, I'm Gianna! I built and currently run DW Data, the data journalism unit at DW. As a dedicated online journalist I'm passionate about the multimedia storytelling opportunities the web offers. If you don't find me raving about this, I'm producing cool data visualizations and insightful data-driven stories and spread enthusiasm for data journalism as a ddj trainer.
I enjoy building things: Both, online – using code to create data visualizations and applications – as well as offline – using my project management skills to craft workflows and teams (or my actual hands for woodworking). Trained as a biologist, I combine analytical thinking with my journalistic curiousity to actually do what I thrive at: Constantly learning new things.
This project on the prospects receiving a long-term visa for Germany perfectly utilized the power of data journalism, allowing to fit a story to specific regional contexts to cater the needs of an internationally operating media company. On the backstory-side: Part of my job is to broaden the variety of chart types covered by our style guide and establish standards for them. This piece added two at once: swarmplots and marimekko charts.
What are the priorities of EU migration policy? Employment opportunities is just one cause the EU dedicates its money to. Equally important: Closing the last open routes to Europe. This piece is a good showcase for how you can tell a compelling story with yet simple visualizations. From a storytelling perspective it shows another advantage of data journalism: To hold the powerful accountable with fact-based arguments.
With our team founded in June 2017, I produced this story ahead of the German elections. From idea to final product, it took four weeks and helped establish how existing workflows need to be improved to sustainably produce data-driven interactives regularly. With every project I aim to broaden my skill set: Since this one you can wake me up in the middle of the night to ask for Regex commands. I am also forever grateful to the people who invented Python's OCR library tesseract.
Since June 2017, I'm the Head of the Data Journalism team at Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster. Previously I worked for the interactive background magazine Der Kontext, where I explored non-linear storytelling. Before that, I was a multimedia editor for environmental topics at DW Global Ideas. The position I learnt most in was being the Head of Online at Life Links, transmedia magazine I co-built from scratch.
You can download a full and formal CV as a pdf here.
Building the new unit from scratch | Gathering, analyzing and visualising data, both static and interactive | writing and editing data driven stories | bullet-proving other journalists' data-related work | teaching data journalism skills to colleagues
Non-linear storytelling: design and present complex topics as networks | research, writing and editing of explanatory pieces of all length | data visualizations | video scripting
Developed the online content and engagement strategy of the transmedia format from scratch | Editorial coordination of graphics and technical department during foundation phase | Led an international team of online editors | Wrote and edited articles and multimedia features | Community management on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube | Conducted & edited audio interviews | Researched & drafted data visualizations
Development and realization of web-genuine formats | Development of social media strategies and formats | Editing of online articles | Layouting the program's German website
Pitching and realizing own reporting ideas on different scientific areas
edX MOOCs, part time | multiple US universities | ongoing
Full time | Columbia University Journalism School and Computer Science Department, New York City, USA | 2016 (May - Sep)
Online Course, part time | University of the Arts, London, Great Britain | 2013 (Oct-Dec)
MOOC, part time | University of Texas Austin, USA | 2013 (Oct-Nov)
Master of Science | University of Münster, Germany | 2009 - 2011
Bachelor of Science | University of Münster, Germany | 2006 - 2009
Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Germany | 2006 - 2011
I have led both short workshops as well as longer seminars stretching over several days. I can teach in German and English and have experience with educating international groups of all skill levels. I'm currently distilling this teaching experience into an online learning course.
In the meantime, you can head over to my Data Journalism Resources repository that I keep updated with useful resources (think tools, data sources, learning resources, reading options etc).
You can reach me via email at gcgruen[at]gmail[dot]com. If you wish to send an encrypted message, get in touch via gcgruen[at]posteo[dot]de - you can view the associated public PGP key as a text file here or download it directly as an .asc file.
You can connect with me on the following platforms: