Shoot us straight: Correctly using data and docs on guns

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Drange of The Information; Nick Penzenstadler of USA TODAY Network; Kim Smith of University of Chicago Crime Lab
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom I
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Shotspotter? Federal Firearms Licenses? Trace data? We’ll help you sort out what data and documents you should routinely gather for reporting on guns, where you’re wasting your time and when it’s time to build from the ground up. We’ll cover common pitfalls and how to accurately cover the gun industry, firearm violence and regulatory agencies. You’ll leave with: sample data on guns, tips on finding sources and tips on reliable data streams.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Drange is a reporter at The Information, where he covers money and power in Silicon Valley. Matt joined IRE in 2010. Since then he has served on the Member Services committee and introduced a change to the bylaws giving students the right to vote for IRE board members. Matt previously reported for Forbes magazine and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Follow him on Twitter @mattdrange.

  • Nick Penzenstadler is an investigative reporter at USA TODAY where he works on national investigations. His team specializes in data analysis and project management for collaborations across the 109 community newsrooms within Gannett. @npenzenstadler

  • Kim Smith is a Sr. Research Manager at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, where she manages the multi-city gun markets project, work done in partnership with affiliates in six major U.S. cities – Chicago, LA, Boston, NY, Baltimore, and New Orleans. Kim also provides implementation support to a Chicago Police Department initiative that brings together police officers and analysts from the Crime Lab to integrate crime intelligence, data analysis, and technology. 

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