Glen McGregor, the Ottawa Citizen‘s National Affairs reporter and data journalism extraordinaire (he’d hate this, but it doesn’t go far enough to describe the projects he’s led) obtained a dataset through a Freedom of Information request to Veterans Affairs Canada.
Eventually, he got a list of names, ranks, and dates of birth of Canada’s fallen soldiers from the first World War to our present mission in Afghanistan.
Indeed, what Glen did was more than a cool new way to tell a story with data and social media. And it’s what we as journalists strive to do every day: be a part of something bigger – tell a story that needs to be told.
When the Twitterfeed pumped out Lance Corporal Armstrong’s name, there was an immediate response.