Brain flipping: Tips for switching between the sides of your brain

  • Event: 2017 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Leah Kohlenberg of Art for Journalists; Scott Pham of BuzzFeed News; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 3 at 10:15am
  • Location: Conference Center A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Working with data means that many of us are flipping our brains between analytical tasks, such as coding and querying and more creative tasks, such as writing and designing.This session will give you some tools for helping both sides of your brain do a better job.

Telling narratives in data investigations stories with data – or maybe, some of the best narrative stories by people who also work with data.

**Moderated by Jennifer LaFleur, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Speaker Bios

  • Leah Kohlenberg is an artist, art teacher and former journalist who has developed a drawing curriculum that helps improve writing and reporting skills, called "Art for Journalists." She's is an internationally collected painter, and in her former life, worked for news organizations such as Time Magazine and, among others. She teaches art globally, including Thompson Reuters reporters in NY, the REVEAL newsroom in CA, and the Portland Business Journal.

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • Scott Pham is a Data Reporter for BuzzFeed News where he has reported on everything from diversity in the Oscars to the opioid crisis. @scottpham

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