Collaboration with scientists and academics as a reporting tool

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sharad Goel of Stanford University; Sinduja Rangarajan of Mother Jones; Sam Roe of Chicago Tribune
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Scientists, academics and investigative journalists have a lot in common. Both develop deep knowledge of their subjects over long-spanning careers and care about accuracy, fairness and making an impact through groundbreaking discoveries. This panel will discuss what academics researchers and journalists can learn from each other, how they can effectively work together by harnessing complementary skills and successfully collaborate to push the boundaries of research and reporting while maintaining the highest standards.

Speaker Bios

  • Sharad Goel is an assistant professor at Stanford University and executive director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab. He looks at public policy through the lens of computer science, bringing a computational perspective to a diverse range of contemporary issues, including police practices, bail reform, political polarization, voter fraud, and online privacy. @5harad

  • Sinduja Rangarajan is the senior data journalist at Mother Jones. She previously worked at Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where her series on the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley led to many tech giants publicly releasing their data. Her work has won several awards, including the National Edward Murrow Award in 2019. She wrangles and analyzes datasets to tell stories and finds innovative ways to report on issues by collaborating with academics. 

  • Sam Roe is a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, and he has also been a Pulitzer finalist four times, most recently in 2017 for an investigation into dangerous prescription drug combinations. @SamRoe

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