Building and telling a bulletproof data story

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sandhya Kambhampati of Los Angeles Times; Tisha Thompson of ESPN
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Whether you’re the lone data-cruncher in your organization or the manager of a big-time newsroom, we’re going to share techniques everyone can use to ensure they’ve got bulletproof data. We will first go over questions everyone should ask to avoid dangerous mistakes and assumptions, and then give tips on how to incorporate that data into a compelling story.

Speaker Bios

  • Sandhya Kambhampati is a data reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, she worked at ProPublica Illinois, where she uses statistics to uncover structural issues and abuses. At ProPublica, she co-reported on the widespread inaccuracies in Cook County's property tax assessment system, which was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting. Before that, she was a Knight-Mozilla fellow at Correctiv and a database reporter at Chronicle of Higher Education. Twitter: @sandhya__k

  • Tisha is an investigative reporter at ESPN, appearing on Outside the Lines, E:60 and SportsCenter. A member of ESPN's 2019 Peabody Award winning team for "Spartan Secrets,” she also won the 2019 national Gracie Award for Best Online Video Host for espnW’s "Being Believed: A Conversation with Sister Survivors," which also received the 2019 Gold Telly Award for Best Online Talk Show. She’s been a member of IRE/NICAR for more than 20 years.

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