CAR on the beat

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kate Martin of Carolina Public Press; Christopher Weaver of The Wall Street Journal; Jennifer Smith Richards of Chicago Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Jennifer Smith Richards, The Columbus Dispatch

Data isn't just for big projects or a designated investigative reporter. Learn how to think about finding and using data on any beat and the best way to make data part of your everyday work. We'll talk about the kind of data every beat reporter should have on hand, how to make time for data analysis and show some examples of how beat reporters have made use of data in everyday stories.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Kate Martin is the lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press. Her work has led to the creation of four state laws and the resignation of several elected officials. Her deep analysis of years of North Carolina court records showed fewer than 1 in 4 people charged with sexual assault are ever convicted of that or a lesser related crime. @Katereports

  • Jennifer Smith Richards has been a reporter at the Chicago Tribune since 2015. Jennifer has a specialty in data analysis and previously covered schools and education for more than a decade at newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia; Utica, New York; Savannah, Georgia, and Columbus, Ohio. Her work has touched on everything from sexual abuse in schools to police accountability to school choice. On Twitter: @jsmithrichards

  • Chris writes about the business of health care for the Wall Street Journal. He’s covered the hospitals, insurers, and drug and device makers, and in recent years probed the global pharmaceutical gray market and the beleaguered launch of He’s spent the last year contributing investigations to the Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning series examining the motives and practices of medical providers, “Medicare Unmasked.” @cdweaver.


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