David Herzog, Open Missouri

David Herzog


  • Reynolds Fellow
    Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • Associate Professor,
  • Professional Practice
Project: Open Missouri

Develop a Missouri government data portal to encourage increased use of data among journalists and citizens.

Developed OpenMissouri.org, a Web community that lists databases held offline by state government agencies.

At launch, OpenMissouri.org listed information about 135 data sets held by state government agencies. The site also includes a comprehensive directory of top-level state agencies and Sunshine Law request contact information for each. Since then, the site has grown to some 150 data set descriptions. Soon, Open Missouri community members will be able to generate Sunshine Law request letters for databases and share copies of data files with each other.

Also, Herzog hosted more than 70 journalists, citizens, information professionals and activists at Open Missouri Day on March 17, during Sunshine week, at RJI. Speakers and panelists included representatives of the Sunlight Foundation, Missouri Sunshine Coalition, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Springfield News-Leader, The Kansas City Star and the Missouri Attorney General’s office.  

David Herzog, May 16, 2011

Lessons Learned Blog Post

  • As a journalist and journalism educator for more than 20 years, Professor Herzog specializes in using government data to report the news. He is the author of the book Mapping the News: Case Studies in GIS and Journalism.
  • Before joining the Missouri School of Journalism in January 2002, Herzog spent five years as an investigative reporter at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, where he used computer-assisted reporting to cover public corruption. Earlier, he was the editor for computer-assisted reporting at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., a business reporter for the Baltimore Sun and general assignment reporter for other newspapers in Pennsylvania.
  • He currently serves as the academic adviser for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Herzog holds a bachelor's degree in radio-television-film from Temple University in Philadelphia.
  • In addition, he serves on the advisory board for the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Machine project.