Finding the story: Crime

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Mark Nichols of ABC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Denver I
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Crime and public safety are beats that are awash in data, but sometimes that makes it hard to see the forest. We’ll take a look at both local and national data, how to calculate crime rates and ways to check if your police department is undercounting/miscounting crime. Come join us to sniff out the story.

Attendees should be familiar with Excel and while we won’t have time to map, we’ll talk about displaying your results.

Speaker Bios

  • Mark Nichols is data journalist on the national desk of USA TODAY. He has worked as a data specialist for the digital reporting team at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, OH, and was the computer-assisted reporting coordinator for The Indianapolis Star for nearly 20 years. @nicholsmarkc

  • Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

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