Using data and records to investigate voting (Election/Politics Track)

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jessica Huseman of ProPublica; Doug Moore of St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Ryan Thornburg of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Voting is a private act that produces a ton of public records. We'll talk through what those records are, how you can get them and what you can (and can't) use them for. We'll also talk about ways advocates use this data badly and what you should know before you report on lawsuits and accusations of voter fraud. You'll leave this session with plenty of ideas to cover the act of voting during the 2018 midterm.

Speaker Bios

  • Jessica Huseman is a reporter for ProPublica based in Austin, Texas. She is the lead reporter for Electionland, ProPublica's collaborative effort to cover ballot access. She is a data journalism instructor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. 

  • Doug Moore has been a reporter with the Post-Dispatch since 2000. As the paper's diversity and demographics reporter, he covers refugee resettlement, census trends, LGBTQ issues and has written extensively on the unrest following high-profile police shootings. In 2017, his work on vote fraud won a first place investigative reporting award from the Missouri Press Association. @dougwmoore

  • Ryan Thornburg has taught data reporting and more than 10 other courses at the University of North Carolina's Hussman School of Media & Journalism since 2007. He's trained professional and student journalists on five continents and previously led early digital efforts in various roles at The Washington Post and elsewhere. @rtburg

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