Demographics: Beyond Census

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: D'Vera Cohn of Pew Research Center; Tim Henderson of The Pew Charitable Trusts; Paul Overberg of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Demographics are life, and the way we live shapes everything else we write about. And it's not just Census numbers: When it comes to demographic data, the Census Bureau isn't the only game in town. Many institutions and agencies run surveys or programs that can be mined for details about people and housing. This session is a look at little-used sources and techniques that will give you better insight and story ideas.

Speaker Bios

  • D'Vera Cohn writes about immigration and demographics for the Pew Research Center, where she has been since 2007. Before that D'Vera had a 21-year career at The Washington Post, mainly reporting about similar topics. She also tracks Census Bureau methodology. @allthingscensus

  • Tim Henderson is senior demographics reporter for the Stateline news service at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC. He has been a reporter and database  manager at the Miami Herald and Gannett Newspapers in suburban New York. @TimHendersonSL

  • Paul Overberg is a data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects. He previously worked at USA TODAY, where he worked on projects that won the Philip Meyer Award for Precision Journalism and the National Headliner Award.

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