Red alert: Tools to automatically generate story leads

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Abe Handler of The Lens; Thomas Thoren of Independent; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

We'll give you ideas how to use technology to automatically check court records, financial filings, property sales, government contracts, news feeds and other websites for news. We will show off several easy-to-use tools, like Google Alerts and RSS readers, to monitor news feeds. And we'll talk about how to write your own custom programs to check records and generate story leads.

This session is good for: Reporters covering a beat and programmers who want to help them.

Speaker Bios

  • Abe Handler (@AbeHandler) is a software developer and data journalist at The Lens -- a nonprofit news organization in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Todd Wallack is an investigative reporter and data journalist on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He has won national awards for his work on public records and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times as part of small teams, including in 2018 for a series examining Boston's reputation for racism. Wallack was selected as a Nieman fellow for 2019-2020. @twallack

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