Management: How to edit the data story when you don't do data

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; John Erickson of Dayton Daily News; Lois Norder of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Three editors will help you understand what data can bring to your investigations, whether it's documenting a trend, finding the best anecdotes or reducing the legwork required. This session will walk through how to include data reporters in your planning and the natural arc of an investigation and how to troubleshoot their work. It will also provide quick tips for bulletproofing a data-heavy story. 

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at ASU. Previously, she worked as the editor of a data reporting team at The New York Times focused on long-term enterprise and investigative stories, and as a database editor for The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize and the IRE medal. She is a past president of IRE, and served on the board for eight years.

  • As senior editor for investigations at the AJC, Norder led the team of investigative and computational journalists who in 2016 produced the Doctors & Sex Abuse project, which won several national investigative reporting awards and was a Pulitzer finalist. Previously, she was managing editor for news at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she was honored with a national editing award by the Dart Society. Previously, she worked as a journalist in Louisiana and Iowa.

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