Reporting out the data story

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Steve Myers of USA TODAY Network; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; James Ball of The Guardian; Kendall Taggart of BuzzFeed News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 4:30pm
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

*Moderated by Steve Myers, The Lens

After wheedling, cajoling and threatening to get your hands on an electronic database, the real work begins. How do you figure out whether the data says what it seems to say? How do you discover its shortcomings, and how do you work around them? Are some datasets just too riddled with errors to be useful, and if so, how do you know when give up? We'll discuss techniques and workflows.

Speaker Bios

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

  • Steve Myers is a national enterprise editor for investigations at USA TODAY. Before joining USA TODAY, he was a 2019 Nieman fellow. As an editor at The Lens, a nonprofit newsroom in New Orleans, he shaped editorial strategy and oversaw its investigative reporting. He was managing editor of Poynter Online, and before that, he spent 10 years reporting on environmental issues, criminal justice, clergy sex abuse, and hurricane preparation and response. 

  • Kendall Taggart is reporter on the investigations team at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal. She's worked on projects about bad charities, dangerous pesticides and the criminal justice system. @KendallTTaggart

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