Surveys save the day: An old tool emerges as a cutting edge

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: James Grimaldi of The Wall Street Journal; Chris Jackson of Ipsos; Carolyn Thompson of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Surveys are a familiar social science tool in newsrooms. But did you know that you can use them to break through obstacles in your investigation? In one case, powerful email programs and online surveys let reporters track down thousands of victims whose stolen identities were used to defraud the government. In another case, enterprising reporters barred from part of a foreign country used a mobile phone survey to track down human rights violations. Phil Meyer gave you the basics on newsroom surveys in "Precision Journalism." This panel will explain modern, practical methods and tools that can be adapted for investigative journalism.

Speaker Bios

  • James Grimaldi is a senior writer on the investigative desk at The Wall Street Journal. A former IRE president, he now serves on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He won a Pulitzer in 2006 and has won many other awards, including an IRE FOI award in 2010 and a Dirksen award from the National Press Foundation in 2018. He previously worked for The Washington Post, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and San Diego Tribune. He is based in Washington, D.C. 

  • Chris Jackson is a Vice President and lead for the Ipsos Public Polling practice in the United States. His research specialties include public opinion trends, election polling, strategic communications and reputation research. He works with a wide variety of public and private sector clients including our media partners Thomson Reuters, USA Today, and ABC News, and he is a spokesperson for Ipsos Public Affairs in the US. @jcbjackson

  • Carolyn Thompson is a Canadian freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her stories focus on displacement, human rights abuses, and government corruption, using tools such as public data, surveys and satellite imagery. She has reported for CBC, France 24, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post, among others. She has also taught data journalism in Ghana, Kenya and Canada. @caroethompson 

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