Finding the story: Open policing data

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 11:30am
  • Location: Northwestern/Ohio St
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Researchers at Stanford University examined the records from more than 60 million state patrol stops in 20 states between 2011 and 2015. The study found that police stopped black drivers more often than white drivers relative to their share of the driving-age population, but that Hispanic drivers are stopped less often than whites.

This workshop will help journalists adapt the data and produce stories from it. While the data analysis by Stanford covers 20 states, researchers say they have found consistent trends that speak to national issues and have released data for 30 states. The project is currently collecting data from county and city jurisdictions and expects to process, normalize and release that data as well.

Speaker Bios

  • Cheryl Phillips teaches journalism at Stanford, is the founder of Big Local News and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. She worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years as a reporter and editor. She twice was part of breaking news coverage that received the Pulitzer Prize and twice served on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas. She is a former IRE board president. @cephillips

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