IRE Commons: Let's get organized! Tips and tools we love
Is your desk so cluttered with papers, notes and files that you can’t see the top? Do you have trouble finding that perfect quote in a document somewhere on your computer? Do you start an investigation with ambitious plans for organization, only to promptly abandon them a few weeks in? This session is for you! We’ll talk about our favorite old-school and new-school tools for taking notes and staying organized. Come prepared to talk about your favorite techniques and pick up a few new ones, too.
Sarah Hutchins is a training director for IRE & NICAR. She previously served as the organization’s editorial director, overseeing IRE’s publications and online platforms. Sarah has worked for daily newspapers in several states. Before joining IRE in 2014, she was a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's degree in data science and analytics from the University of Missouri. @sarhutch
Steal our data - localize national stories for your community
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.
The life-changing magic of organizing your notes
This tipsheet contains a few of Sarah Hutchins' favorite tools, apps and tips for organizing your notes.