The great divide: Investigating income inequality

  • Event: 2013 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Paul Overberg of The Wall Street Journal; Himanshu Ojha of Reuters; Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 2 at 9:00am
  • Location: Regency Center
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Income inequality zoomed into the headlines with the Occupy movement and the 2012 presidential campaign, but most coverage was more about heat than light. Talk of an "income gap" "or the 99%" obscures a complicated reality and ignores most of the story - trends in the middle class. Income inequality is growing in many places, shrinking in others. Its pace and texture vary. Some causes are global and national, some are local. Come learn better ways to cover a complex story, including how journalists did recent stories and data tools you can use to analyze local trends.

Speaker Bios

  • Robert Gebeloff has been a database projects editor at The New York Times since 2008 and has reported hundreds of data-driven stories, including some really good ones. @gebeloffnyt

  • Himanshu started his career in Britain, interning for the Financial Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He got his Masters in Journalism at Columbia University before joining Reuters as a data reporter in the summer of 2011, where he has worked since. He is now based in London. @h_ojha

  • Paul Overberg is a data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects. He previously worked at USA TODAY, where he worked on projects that won the Philip Meyer Award for Precision Journalism and the National Headliner Award.

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