Turning your documents into data

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Steven Rich of The Washington Post; Janet Roberts of Reuters; Mike Tigas of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

So, you have a stack of paper records or a website filled with useful information that's not in an easy-to-use table. Now what? Learn about tools, tactics and workflows to transform those documents into data for a story.

Speaker Bios

  • Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He's worked on investigations probing the National Security Agency, tax lien sales, asset forfeiture, policing and college athletics. He has been a reporter on two teams awarded Pulitzer Prizes, in 2014 and 2016, and on a team awarded a Peabody in 2018. Steven is a graduate of Mizzou and Virginia Tech. He was elected to IRE’s Board of Directors in 2015. @dataeditor

  • Janet Roberts heads the data journalism team at Reuters and has been wringing stories out of data since she was a student in Phil Meyer’s journalism class at UNC. Before Reuters, she worked at the New York Times, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Wilmington Star-News. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. @jersey_janet

  • Mike is a hacker-journalist at ProPublica, where he works on news applications, network infrastructure, and digital security. Outside of ProPublica he is a core contributor to the Tor Project, working on censorship-circumventing mobile apps. He was an adjunct instructor at New York University’s Studio20 digital journalism program and was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow. @mtigas

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