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 inewsource
  • 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 D. Harden is a database reporter for the The Washington on the metro desk, covering housing, transportation and government spending. He previously worked at the Houston Chronicle as a breaking news and data reporter. @jdharden 

  • Brandon Quester (@bquester) is the director of data and visuals for inewsource in San Diego, where we manages the role of data in the newsroom and works to expand data partnerships with individuals, businesses and organizations. Quester is also the founder and former executive director and editor of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, where he led the newsroom for five years as it focused on statewide investigative projects in Arizona.

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