IRE Commons: Steal our data - localize national stories for your community

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Baxter of Spotlight PA; Jeff Ernsthausen of ProPublica; Melissa Lewis of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 11:30am
  • Location: IRE Commons
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Share a national dataset you built or obtained with the IRE community and learn how you can localize the information for your coverage area. Chris Baxter of NJ Advance Media will share data from his FieldTurf investigation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Ernsthausen will explain how you can use the paper’s powerful data on sexually abusive doctors. Melissa Lewis of The Oregonian will explain how you can use their data on toxic armories.

Speaker Bios

  • Christopher Baxter is the founding editor in chief of Spotlight PA, a statewide investigative newsroom based in Harrisburg, Pa., and in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Lancaster Media Group. Previously, Baxter was the editor for data and investigations at NJ Advance Media (The Star-Ledger & He has served various roles as an investigative reporter, mentor, coach and editor. Follow him on Twitter @cbaxter1.

  • Jeff Ernsthausen is a data reporter at ProPublica. He joined ProPublica from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked as a data reporter on the investigative team. Prior to his time in journalism, he worked as an economic analyst and researcher at the Federal Reserve.

  • Melissa Lewis is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to joining Reveal, she was a data editor at The Oregonian, a data engineer at Simple and a data analyst at Periscopic. She is an organizer for PyLadies Portland and the Portland chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. @iff_or

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