Sources and tips for covering the gun industry

By Jing Ren Nick Penzenstadler from USA TODAY, Matt Drange from Forbes and Kim Smith at the University of Chicago Crime Lab discussed statistics and documents reporters covering guns should routinely gather at their CAR Conference panel. Because of the nature of her work, Smith’s team has access to many administrative statistics on firearms. She…

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Using data before, during and after natural disasters

By Yue Yu What data sets can reporters get ahead of natural disasters? How can reporters cover disasters as they happen? What kind of follow-up leads should they chase? Matt Dempsey from the Houston Chronicle, Omaya Sosa from Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism and Lee Zurik from WVUE-TV in New Orleans broke down the…

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Following money trails in election coverage

By Tyler Wornell  Tracking the flow of money in an election can be a crucial reporting tool for knowing who’s influencing elections and how. Tracking some of that money could prove difficult, though. In Friday’s CAR Conference panel, “Wagging the Dog: Using campaign finance data to cover the midterm election,” Denise Roth Barber from the…

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Breaking the silence with reporting on sexual misconduct

By Dariya Tsyrenzhapova Only one-third of victims of sexual harassment ever report those incidents to the authorities, Bernice Yeung said. Yeung, a journalist with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and a member of award-winning teams that produced documentaries “Rape in the Fields” and “Rape on the Night Shift,” spoke as part of a…

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Who’s investigating college sports?

By Virginia Ward A series of small compromises between players and coaches often lead to high-risk operations within sports organizations. Syracuse University professor Jodi Upton, USA Today database editor Christopher Schnaars and Raycom investigative producer Jill Riepenhoff shared their experience investigating college and youth sports.   From major infractions to Title IX investigations, journalists are uncovering…

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Digging into data on drug and court injustice

By Meredith McGrath In order to hold officials accountable and shine light on injustices, journalists are digging deep into the intricate data surrounding the drug world and court systems. Ed Silverman from STAT, Teri Sforza from the Orange County Register and Michael Braga from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune shared their stories of investigations, shed light on…

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Getting the data you deserve from records requests

By Jing Ren Steven Rich from The Washington Post, Sarah Ryley from The Trace and Annie Waldman from ProPublica shared their insights on how reporters should request open records at the state and national level at their CAR Conference panel. Waldman focused her presentation on clarifying the roles and functions of the Health Insurance Portability…

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Using data to cover the racial inequality beat

By Alexis Allison “The only thing that white people have worse than black people is osteoporosis,” Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, said during the “Investigating racial inequality” panel. “That’s the amazing thing about America,” Hannah-Jones said. “Anything you want to measure, somebody’s tracking it based on race.” Susan Smith…

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Staying secure while working with hackers and doing sensitive research

By Yue Yu Kevin Collier from BuzzFeed News, Neena Kapur from the New York Times and Margot Williams from The Intercept shared experiences and tips at the CAR Conference on constructing a secure workstation while pursuing sensitive leads. Collier talked briefly about the history of hackers working with journalists to produce big stories and getting…

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