The data-driven escape room

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Aron Pilhofer of Temple University; Jonathan Stoneman of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 11:30am
  • Location: Diamond Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

You're an investigative reporter in London, and you have one hour to help your colleague finish a story he's been digging into involving organized crime. We'll provide some real-life data files and some background reading, and you'll work in teams to scour the data, answer questions and do some internet sleuthing to put together the story, all in under an hour.

This session is good for: Anyone familiar with spreadsheets.

Speaker Bios

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in London. Previously, he has been a reporter and editor at The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity as well as Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware. Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: and Hacks & Hackers.

  • Former BBC journalist turned freelance trainer and data-obsessive. Jonathan specialises mostly in open data. 2019 is his 7th NICAR and he (together with Jen LaFleur and Aron Pilhofer) brings a session inspired by the "Escape Room" craze - 60 minutes to solve a data-driven puzzle and get out of the room. 

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