Getting started with crime data

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ted Gest of Criminal Justice Journalists; Daniel Lathrop of University of Iowa
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 9:00am
  • Location: Pinnacle Peak 2
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Every newsroom reports on crime statistics, but smart use of the underlying data can spin daily-news straw into investigative gold. Learn to analyze the main FBI databases available through IRE from the co-author of IRE's Understanding Crime and Justice Statistics using a database manager or statistical software. The class will also outline how to identify and request other sources of criminal justice data.

Speaker Bios

  • Ted Gest is president of Criminal Justice Journalists and Washington bureau chief of, which publishes a daily news digest on criminal justice. He formerly covered criminal justice for U.S. News & World Report and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is the co-author of the latest edition of IRE's "Understanding Crime and Justice Statistics: A Reporter's Guide." 

  • Daniel Lathrop is a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the academy, he spent 15 years in print and online newsrooms including the Center for Public Integrity, The Dallas Morning News and the Seattle P-I. His work has won numerous national awards, and he contributes as a freelance reporter to publications such as FiveThrityEight, The Marshall Project and The New York Times. @lathropd

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