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

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Maud Beelman of The Howard Center for Investigative Reporting; Leah Kohlenberg of Art for Journalists; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

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.

Speaker Bios

  • Maud Beelman is the executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She was U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press and founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the George Polk, IRE, SPJ, ONA and APME. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and serves on its board of directors. @maudbeelman

  • 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 the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

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