Digging deeper with data and documents

  • Event: 2016 Burlington Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Alex Richards of Syracuse University
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Apr. 9 at 1:45pm
  • Location: Cheray Science Hall -- Room 101
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records and understanding records retention schedules. Learn how to have a certain amount of data literacy to make the best use of surveys and other reports.

Speaker Bios

  • Alex is an assistant professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, where he teaches data journalism. He's a former IRE training director, and he has previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune, NerdWallet, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and shared the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. @alexrichards

  • 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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