Handling massive files, leaked data and documents

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Jack Gillum of ProPublica; Brad Heath of Reuters
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Leaked emails and confidential files are getting bigger in size, more dangerous to open and seemingly too voluminous for reporters to make sense of. We’ll walk you through our experiences and best practices for preparing for, downloading, authenticating, opening, analyzing — and, yes, writing off of — the ever-growing data dumps that land in our newsrooms.

Speaker Bios

  • Emilia is ICIJ’s research editor. She has taken part in cross-border projects such as ICIJ's Implant Files, Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer winner investigation Panama Papers. She has been a professor at the Central University of Venezuela and a contributor for the Washington Post, the magazine Poder y Negocios, Venezuelan media El Universal, El Mundo and Armando.info, which she co-founded. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at IPYS Venezuela.

  • Jack Gillum is a senior reporter at ProPublica covering the intersection of technology and privacy, focusing this year on election security and disinformation. He’s previously reported on D.C.-based investigations at The Washington Post and The Associated Press, and worked for USA Today and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. @jackgillum  

  • @bradheath Brad Heath is an investigative reporter for Reuters in Washington. Previously, he was a reporter and editor for USA TODAY. His work includes investigations of wrongdoing by federal prosecutors and air pollution, and helped prompt the U.S. Justice Department to free at least 35 people from federal prison. Before joining USA TODAY, he was a reporter for The Detroit News and The (Binghamton, N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin. He is a member of the Virginia bar.

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