Spotlight on the story

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Carroll of Northeastern University; Griff Palmer of independent journalist; Mark Horvit of University of Missouri; Jacquee Petchel of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

** Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR

Data can play a vital role in a story, even when it didn't start out as a data-focused project at all. That was true for the journalists on the Boston Globe's Spotlight team who were digging into the Catholic Church, just as it was for IRE Award winning investigations into deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border and intense lobbying of state attorneys general in New York. Journalists who worked on all three of these projects talk about how data made the difference in their work.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Previously he was a data reporter at the Boston Globe. He worked on the Spotlight team when it won a Pulitzer for the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal. He also worked at the MIT Media Lab.

  • Mark Horvit is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting, and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE.

  • Griff Palmer has been with The New York Times for 10 years. He has contributed reporting to two Pulitzer Prize projects. He shared the 2009 IRE Medal with fellow staffers for Charles Duhigg's Toxic Waters series. In 2013, he shared the Associated Press Sports Editors investigative prize and the New York Press Club Gold Keyboard Investigative Journalism Award with Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape, Rebecca Ruiz and Dara Miles for “Breakdown,” an in-depth look at horse racing.

  • Jacquee Petchel is executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She worked as a reporter at The Indianapolis News and The Arizona Republic, an investigative reporter and editor at the Miami Herald, investigative executive producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WFOR-TV in Miami and investigations editor at the Houston Chronicle. 

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