Addicted: Revealing hidden communities using substance abuse data

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jacquee Petchel of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Stephen Stirling of NJ Advance Media
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 11:30am
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Don’t settle for ‘it can’t be done.’ Communities that don’t want to be found don’t have to remain a mystery. See how we used crowdsourcing and data analysis to pull back the curtain on the nation’s growing heroin epidemic, quantifying it and humanizing it at the same time. This session will focus on addiction data, but panelists' tips and techniques can easily be applied to other hard-to-reach topics.

Speaker Bios

  • 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. 

  • Stephen Stirling is a reporter for NJ Advance Media's Data & Investigations team, with a recent focus on death, the opioid epidemic and other uplifting topics. Also weather. @sstirling

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