Master class: Self-editing & bulletproofing the data **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times; Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Crystal Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Data-driven stories can overwhelm a writer juggling data and storytelling and leave even the best editors feeling out of their depth. In this half-day workshop, we’ll focus on the core data editing and bulletproofing skills every journalist should have, whether you are a hands-on data journalist or an editor supervising this work.

Two data journalists, Atlanta Journal Constitution’s deputy managing editor Shawn McIntosh and Washington Post investigative reporter Kimbriell Kelly, will share lessons they have learned writing and presenting data-driven stories. You will receive tips and strategies from an editor's and reporter's point of view, including:

  • Common data errors -- How to spot and fix them
  • Using a data diary to track your methodology 
  • Practical strategies for bulletproofing and fact-checking your data analysis and findings
  • Going beyond numbers -- Using data to find human sources and characters for stories
  • Untangling the writing and avoiding reader turnoffs
  • Managing up -- Working with an editor who doesn’t speak data
  • Managing the numbers as deadline approaches

Whether you want to get better at editing yourself or others, we’ll have tips and resources for you. No data experience is required for this workshop. 

Bring questions and examples as there will be plenty of time for discussion.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited.

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

Speaker Bios

  • Kimbriell Kelly is the Deputy Editor for Enterprise and Investigations at the Los Angeles Times, Washington, D.C. Bureau. Prior to joining the Times in June, Kelly was a reporter on the Investigative Unit at The Washington Post, where she was part of the team that won a Pulitzer in 2015 for the examination of officer-involved shootings. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 2019 for her work on "Murder with Impunity,” a series on unsolved homicides. @kimbriell

  • Shawn McIntosh is editorial director at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, overseeing news content, including investigative reporting and data journalism. A career-long member of IRE, she credits the training and camaraderie offered here for any success she has had. She has previously been top editor in Jackson, Miss., and worked in investigative roles at The Dallas Morning News and USA TODAY. @shawnmcintosh and @AJCInvestigate

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