Quick-turn data stories
Sometimes you get the luxury of time to think about a data-based story – and sometimes you don’t. Four reporters talk about what they learned from turning a data story around on a tight deadline, how best to prepare for quick turnarounds and what they’d do differently.
Greta Kaul is a data reporter at MinnPost, a nonprofit newsroom in Minneapolis. She previously covered tech at the San Francisco Chronicle and education at the San Antonio Express-News as a Hearst fellow. @gretakaul
Dave is a freelance data journalist who recently decided to leave the Bergen Record in New Jersey after 18 years as data reporter, co-manager, and then manager, of the newspaper's data operation. He also teaches at Columbia University, hikes the national parks, plays endless softball, takes pictures and repairs antique phonographs. @davesheingold
Nicole Vap is the Director of Investigative Journalism at KUSA in Denver and with TEGNA. Nicole leads a team of award winning reporters and producers who investigate government corruption, questionable business practices, crime, and scams both in Denver and across the country. Nicole and her 9Wants to Know team have been recognized with an IRE Award in 2019, a Columbia duPont Silver Baton in 2011, and National Edward R. Murrow award and a Sigma Delta Chi in 2018.
Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director at the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. He brings nearly 20 years of newsroom experience, published by a variety of news organizations, including Chalkbeat, Education Week, the San Antonio Express-News, Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He earned a master’s degree in investigative/data journalism at Mizzou & a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
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