Quick-turn data stories

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Greta Kaul of MinnPost; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Dave Sheingold of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

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.


Speaker Bios

  • 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 works as the Director of Investigative Journalism for KUSA, 9NEWS in Denver, CO and with TEGNA. Her team won a national Edward R. Murrow award along with a Sigma Delta Chi award in 2018 for their Show Us Your Bills series that exposed inappropriate medical bills sent to people in their community. Nicole has also won a Columbia duPont baton and numerous other awards. She is an IRE Board member and serves on the board's executive committee.

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director for IRE. He's worked for 18 years in professional newsrooms throughout the country, published by Chalkbeat, Education Week, the Los Angeles Times, Austin Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Nieman Storyboard, Laredo Morning Times, and La Prensa de San Antonio @fvaraorta

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