Beyond the numbers: Turn data into characters in your story

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Berens of Thomson Reuters; Louise Kiernan of ProPublica Illinois
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Hear from two master storytellers about their proven approaches to finding real people in data and developing them into powerful characters. They’ll provide tips on how to find certain types of characters in a data-driven enterprise story and advice on what you need to gather to bring those characters to life in print and online.

Speaker Bios

  • Michael J. Berens is an investigative reporter for Thomson Reuters whose work has been recognized by dozens of national awards, from Selden Ring to Worth Bingham to Gerald Loeb, including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His career began in the 1980s at The Columbus Dispatch as a copy boy who sorted mail, delivered newspapers to the staff, grabbed the editor’s lunch and assembled the newsroom Christmas tree.

  • Louise Kiernan is editor-in-chief of ProPublica Illinois, the first regional operation of ProPublica, the New York based investigative journalism non-profit. She comes to ProPublica from Northwestern University, where she was an associate professor of journalism and leader of the program’s social justice and investigative journalism specialization. Prior to that, she worked for the Chicago Tribune for 18 years as an editor and reporter.

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