The other half of the story: How reporters can use data to identify 'positive deviants' and add fresh angles to investigative stories

  • Event: 2015 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Greg Borowski of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; David Bornstein of Solutions Journalism Network; Tina Rosenberg of Solutions Journalism Network; Claudia Rowe of The Seattle Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 5 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Journalists normally use data to identify bad actors. But it's also worth looking at the positive deviants -  those who are getting better than expected outcomes. Looking at how they got those results takes away the excuses of the poor performers and can make investigations into wrongdoing more powerful. The panelists are journalists or editors who will explain how they have used this approach to strengthen or reframe investigations. 


Speaker Bios

  • David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. David is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York. @dnbornstein

  • Greg Borowski is deputy editor/News, projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where for more than a decade he has overseen one of the nation's most-respected watchdog teams. He has overseen projects that have won nearly every major award in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize. He also oversees the Journal Sentinel's local news and business news operations. He is a graduate of Marquette University. @GregJBorowski

  • Tina Rosenberg: Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network. Co-writer New York Times Fixes column. Articles in The New York Times magazine, The New Yorker and many other publications.  Author of three books: Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America; The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism and Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. @tirosenberg

  • Claudia Rowe has been writing about education and social issues for most of her 23 years in journalism. She is a winner of the Casey Medal for Meritorous Journalism, and her work on youth gangs was honored by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. On staff at the Seattle Times since 2013, she is part of a new, newsroom effort to investigate solutions to problems in education with the same rigor typically used to spotlight failure and corruption. @RoweReport

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