Bring your investigative reporting to life using animation and comics

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Susie Cagle of ProPublica; Ranjani Chakraborty of Vox Media; Hilke Schellmann of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 9 at 10:15am
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Got court transcripts of a particular riveting moment during a trial or first-hand accounts of abuse in a nursing home? This panel will show you new ways animation and comics can bring documents and important moments of your investigation that happened behind closed doors to life. Comics and animation can also help newsrooms attract a younger audience, who are naturally drawn to visual journalism and love to share exceptional work on social media. We will show how illustrations and motion graphics work and what best practices visual journalists have developed in their newsrooms. We will also tackle ethical pitfalls. And you will learn what you need to do to produce your own illustrations and explainer videos. This session requires no prior knowledge. 

Speaker Bios

  • Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator based in California. She has reported and drawn about domestic civil unrest, natural disasters, the housing crisis, and Silicon Valley for ProPublica, the New York Times, the Guardian, and many others. Her work has been awarded with honors by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. She was a 2016 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford. @susie_c

  • Ranjani is a senior producer at Vox, where she makes videos focused on current affairs, race, gender, and culture.  Previously she was the first ever Vox-ProPublica video fellow, where she combined ProPublica’s investigative reporting with Vox’s creative approach to storytelling. She has worked as a video journalist for outlets including Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, and NBC News. She's a Northwestern University alum and is a Houston, Texas native. @ranjchak 

  • Hilke Schellmann is an assistant professor of journalism at NYU and an Emmy-award winning reporter and Executive Producer at the Wall Street Journal. Using innovative multimedia tools, she focuses her reporting on unearthing systemic wrongdoing and its impact on vulnerable people. As an independent filmmaker, Schellmann shot, produced and directed the investigative documentary Outlawed in Pakistan which aired on PBS FRONTLINE.


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