How to make data a routine part of your beat

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Angela Caputo of APM Reports; John Harden of The Washington Post; Brandon Quester of Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Data-driven stories don’t have to be relegated to the enterprise stories that we spend a lot of time on. Pretty much every beat should have some data source(s) that you can be monitoring & requesting regularly, or there might be datasets you can build on your own, that help generate stories. We’ll also talk about how to scope out your beat to find data sources at the outset.

Speaker Bios

  • Angela Caputo is an investigative reporter who joined the Chicago Tribune's staff in 2014. She is the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi and Peter Lisagor awards. Prior to, she covered urban affairs and education for The Chicago Reporter and the Daily Southtown. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2004 with a master's degree in journalism. @AngelaTCR


  • John Harden is a data reporter for the Washington Post, covering topics like gentrification, federal spending and crime. He joined the Post in Summer 2018 after four years working for the Houston Chronicle as a data and breaking news reporter. While in Houston, he was part of a reporting team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for coverage of Hurricane Harvey. His twitter handle is @jdharden  

  • Brandon Quester (@bquester) is the founder, executive director and editor of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. In a short time and with limited resources, he has built AZCIR into an award-winning newsroom, becoming a regional hub for original and collaborative accountability journalism that is best known for its deep reporting on important public policy issues in Arizona and the Southwest.

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