Finding the story: Health care

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ryann Grochowski Jones of ProPublica; Charles Ornstein of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Denver I
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this hands-on class, you’ll explore several large public health care datasets and leave knowing how to find the stories in them. Excel proficiency is a must (you should already know how to sort and filter your data and create pivot tables). We’ll look at pharmaceutical payments to doctors, payments to doctors in the Medicare Part B program and nursing home deficiency data.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Ryann Grochowski Jones is the data editor at ProPublica. Previously, she was deputy editor for data at ProPublica and a data reporter at inewsource in San Diego. She received her master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she was a data librarian for IRE/NICAR. Ryann began her career as a municipal beat reporter for her hometown newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. @ryanngro

  • Charles Ornstein oversees ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which works with local news organizations to produce accountability journalism on issues of importance to their communities. From 2008 to 2017, he was a senior reporter at ProPublica, covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining ProPublica, he was was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. He teaches at Columbia's journalism school. @charlesornstein

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