Demographics: Beyond Census

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: D'Vera Cohn of Pew Research Center; Tim Henderson of Pew Stateline; 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 (@allthingscensus) writes about demographics and immigration for Pew Research Center, where she has worked since 2007. Before that, she had a 21-year career as a Washington Post reporter, covering the same topics. In the past year, she organized and taught at five Poynter Institute journalism workshops about covering the 2020 census. The 2020 census will be the fourth she has written about.  

  • Tim Henderson is demographics writer at Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has been a reporter and database editor at The Miami Herald, Gannet Newspapers and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He refused to grow up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and remains a notorious New Mexican food snob and collector of Spanish curse words. This will be his fourth decennial census and he's starting to get it down. 

  • 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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