Putting your town under a microscope -- and keeping it there

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kate Howard of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Matt Kiefer of The Chicago Reporter; John Diedrich of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Ever wonder how other journalists manage investigations and the inevitable series of follow-ups that come with them? This panel will discuss practical and technical tips for zooming in to the smallest levels of your beat and monitor every budget line item, census tract or lawsuit you need to report the story -- and how to follow the story to the end.

Speaker Bios

  • John Diedrich is a reporter and assistant editor on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigative team, using data and social media to advance the team’s work. Recent investigations examined the chemical barrel refurbishing industry and the phenomenon of witness intimidation focusing on a single, remarkable case. Before coming to the Journal Sentinel, Diedrich covered the military for The Gazette of Colorado Springs. Diedrich is married with two teenage boys.

  • Kate Howard is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit radio newsroom housed at WFPL News Louisville. She was a reporter at KyCIR for two years before becoming editor last summer. She was a newspaper reporter for 12 years, with stints at The Tennessean, The Florida Times-Union and the Omaha World-Herald. Howard is originally from Rhode Island. @JournoKateH

  • Matt Kiefer is the data editor for The Chicago Reporter, a non-profit newsroom that investigates issues of race and poverty. He's also the creator of FOIAMail, an open-source FOIA automation project. @matt_kiefer

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