IRE Commons: Localize that investigation - using AP data to do your own stories

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Meghan Hoyer of The Associated Press; Troy Thibodeaux of The Associated Press
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 11:30am
  • Location: IRE Commons
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Do you like the idea of having someone else do the grunt work on data analysis projects for you? Want to find out how to get access to dozens of ready-to-report data-driven projects each year? Come to this IRE Commons session to learn more about the AP’s efforts to distribute to our members local and national data on topics ranging from education to health to housing.

We’ll walk through how members can access our data, use the data-distribution platform, and get access to webinars and AP journalists to help tell local stories from the data.  We also want to hear from members about how we can make our data work for you. If your organization is an AP member, you’ll have a chance to sign up for our pilot project sharing data via


Speaker Bios

  • Meghan Hoyer is data editor at The Associated Press, where she analyzes data and helps disseminate national data sets to reporters across the country, guiding them to find local stories in the numbers. She previously worked at USA TODAY and The Virginian-Pilot. @meghanhoyer

  • Troy Thibodeaux leads the data journalism team at The Associated Press. The data team works with reporters and editors across AP, building software, analyzing and visualizing data, to tell stories in word and pixel. They also manage the data sharing network, which has helped news organizations across the U.S. localize important data stories. He lives in New Orleans with his family and a new dog, and like most New Orleanians, he loves to talk about the place.

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