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 professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She previous worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the IRE medal, the RFK award and the Goldsmith award. Cohen is a past Knight Chair at Duke University and a reporter in Florida. She is a past president of IRE.

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

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