Carolyn Thompson is a freelance data journalist whose reporting focuses on human rights, humanitarian crises, and corruption. Her work has been published by Al Jazeera, the Washington Post, CBC, Radio-Canada, France 24, NPR, News Deeply, and Maclean's Magazine, among others. She covered the South Sudan civil conflict in 2016, and investigates human rights violations in Sudan and other countries. She has trained newsroom staff, independent journalists and university students. She was a sessional instructor of data journalism at the University of Windsor in Canada. Thompson also works to develop guides and standards for research methods, data analysis and data visualization of the documentation of human rights violations. Her work in South Sudan using mobile phone research, statistical analysis, and satellite imagery won the third place Philip Meyer Award through the IRE in 2019. She was a NewsCorp News Media Fellow through the International Centre for Journalists in 2020, the Visiting Journalist in Forestry at the University of British Columbia in 2018 and participated in the Investigative Journalism Intensive at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2017.