Margaret (Yee Man) Ng is a Journalism PhD Candidate at University of Texas at Austin. She is an award-winning artist, data journalist and media researcher.
With a driving passion for both journalism and computer science, she has been focusing her research on computational social science. She uses large-scale content analysis, network analysis and computational modeling to study communication technologies and social phenomena such as civic engagements and online deliberation. Two of her co-authored articles on online commenting behavior have been published in Computers in Human Behavior. Several of her solo- or lead-authored papers won top paper awards in AEJ. Recently, she completed an immersive program with 600+ hours industry standard training in data science (programming, statistical training and machine learning). In 2015, she interned at the Pew Research Center Data Labs, where she analyzed the role of social media in the past four US elections. She designed data visualizations and conducted hands-on lectures on d3.js at Pew.
Her previous journalistic works have largely focused on visual design and data analysis. Margaret worked as an infographic designer at Seattle Times and National Geographic Magazine. One of her collaborative works -- The Cathedral of Florence -- won a prestigious gold medal from Malofiej International Infographics awards. She was also a data journalist and web designer at the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters and Editors, where her works earned her the White House Correspondent’s Association Scholarship, which was presented by President Obama and Mrs. Obama in 2014.