Master class: Writing the data-driven narrative **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; T. Christian Miller of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Crystal Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

You’ve gathered and analyzed data, talked to human sources and now you’re ready to write. If you’re new to data-driven storytelling, this workshop is for you.

Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and a former editor at The New York Times and The Washington Post. T. Christian Miller is a reporter at ProPublica, where his coverage of sexual assault was recognized with a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Together they’ll share tips and techniques for writing data-driven stories that pack an emotional punch.

Topics include:

  • Understanding narrative
  • Reporting for story — How to gather the details and scenes that will make your numbers come to life.
  • Focus and framing – Finding your way through all that material
  • Communicating data – Deciding how many numbers to include and putting them in context
  • Self-editing tips and techniques


We’ll look at examples of successful stories, pulling back the curtain to see how they came together.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited.

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at ASU. Previously, she worked as the editor of a data reporting team at The New York Times focused on long-term enterprise and investigative stories, and as a database editor for The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize and the IRE medal. She is a past president of IRE, and served on the board for eight years.

  • IRE Board Member. ProPublica reporter. Lover of data. Let's grab a coffee and chat. @txtianmiller

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