Elections, what are they good for?

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Willis of ProPublica; Ryan Murphy of The Texas Tribune; Sarah Bryner of Center for Responsive Politics
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10:10am
  • Location: International A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Elections represent the best opportunity for Americans to shape policy and reimagine their shared future. It is also a chance for journalists to ignite people's civic spirit. How can we do this better? How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections?

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah oversee's data and research for OpenSecrets.org. Previously, she researched lobbying and the revolving door. Prior to joining OpenSecrets, Sarah was a doctoral student at the Ohio State University, where she also taught undergraduate political science courses. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State in 2014 and her B.A. in political science and biology in 2006. @aksarahb

  • Ryan Murphy is the Deputy Data Visuals Editor at The Texas Tribune. @rdmurphy

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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