Christina Passariello has explored how to use data to engage readers with complex or distant topics. During her fellowship, she vastly expanded her grasp of how to play with data, adding capabilities beyond her rudimentary pen-and-paper methods. She worked with colleagues in the computer science department, took data journalism classes and consulted with experts from departments ranging from the business school to the arts program.
Q: How can journalism use data in a more interactive way to better engage readers as consumers?
A: Samecloth — the global web of garment manufacturing: My interactive maps give a snapshot of the global garment industry.
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The data I have is worthless if I can’t tie it to human experience. Characters and narrative are as central to fiction writing as to journalistic writing.
Christina Passariello has spent the last 14 years as a foreign correspondent in Europe. She joined The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Paris 11 years ago to write about fashion — the industry as well as the clothes. She has covered fashion weeks in Milan and Paris, visited the garment industry in Bangladesh and interviewed designers and seamstresses. She was part of a reporting team that won the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award for foreign correspondence for reporting on Bangladesh’s garment industry. She also edited and coached reporters, overseeing the Journal’s coverage of fashion across Europe.
Growing up in southern California, she began her journalism career writing features for her high school newspaper. But she was really sold on the profession after her first professional assignment, for Rolling Stone: to cover a party hosted by several former Beatles. During stints living in New York, London and Paris, she wrote for publications including Businessweek, Time and The New York Times. She writes fiction in her spare time. Fifteen years after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, she has decided to resettle in the Bay Area with her family.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.