How to avoid rookie mistakes

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Brent Jones of St. Louis Public Radio; Tisha Thompson of ESPN; Matt Wynn of USA TODAY Network; MaryJo Webster of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Denver III & IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune

A group of seasoned data journalists share their past data analysis mistakes -- whether it occurred while requesting data, cleaning data, analyzing it or even bulletproofing it -- and offer up tips for avoiding these and all kinds of other potential pitfalls.

Speaker Bios

  • Brent Jones is the data visual specialist at St. Louis Public Radio. Working with a newsroom of nearly 30 journalists, his job includes creating graphics for stories, stand-alone sites for projects and developing/discovering and training staff on newsroom tools. He previously worked at the St. Louis Beacon and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University's journalism school, where he is also teaching a course in data journalism this semester. @brentajones

  • Tisha is an investigative reporter at ESPN, appearing on Outside the Lines, E:60 and SportsCenter. A member of ESPN's 2019 Peabody Award winning team for "Spartan Secrets,” she also won the 2019 national Gracie Award for Best Online Video Host for espnW’s "Being Believed: A Conversation with Sister Survivors," which also received the 2019 Gold Telly Award for Best Online Talk Show. She’s been a member of IRE/NICAR for more than 20 years.

  • MaryJo has been data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis for five years. Previously, she had stints with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Digital First Media and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She started her career as a reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. @MaryJoWebster

  • Matt Wynn is data reporter on USA Today's investigative team. His work has looked at copycat legislation, police and doctors who escape discipline and the medicalization of previously benign inconveniences. He is the former director of enterprise and investigations at Medpage Today and previously worked at the Omaha World-Herald.

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  • How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes
    A group of seasoned data journalists share their past data analysis mistakes -- whether it occurred while requesting data, cleaning data, analyzing it or even bulletproofing it -- and offer up tips for avoiding these and all kinds of other potential pitfalls.