How to responsibly report on sexual misconduct

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Jason Hancock of The Kansas City Star; Lam Thuy Vo of BuzzFeed News; Bernice Yeung of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

For decades, sexual misconduct was a subject shrouded in secrecy, marred with stigma and often shrugged off as a personal matter. But the national discourse around sexual misconduct following the revelations of the Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought new attention to the subject.

As more women and men step forward to share their stories, how can reporters find responsible ways to report on sexual harassment, assault and misconduct? What are the best ways to verify claims and ensure that stories are fair? How can reporters contextualize sexual harassment in numerical ways when data is scarce or hidden behind NDA agreements and cabinets of HR departments? 

From creating one's own datasets to triangulating people’s accounts, panelists will discuss approaches to uncover, enumerate and recount stories of sexual harassment and assault.

Speaker Bios

  • Ellen Gabler is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining the Times, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter and deputy investigations editor. A native of Eau Claire, Wis. Gabler is a graduate of Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former IRE board member. @egabler

  • Jason Hancock is the lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star, where covers government, politics and policy in both Missouri and Kansas. @J_Hancock

  • Lam Thuy Vo is a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News where she tells data-driven stories about the intersection of technology and society. Previously, she's reported for and led digital initiatives at The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America and Planet Money. She has worked as an educator for a decade, developing newsroom-wide trainings, workshops and semester-long courses. She’s currently writing a Python textbook on social media data for No Starch Press. @lamthuyvo

  • Bernice Yeung is a reporter with ProPublica who covers business, labor and employment. Previously, she was with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting where she was a member of the award-winning "Rape in the Fields" and "Rape on the Night Shift" reporting teams. She is the author of "In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers" (The New Press, 2018), which documents the extreme workplace sexual harassment that immigrant women face in low-wage work. @bmyeung

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