Seeing the story: How to write the data-driven investigation
Learn tactics for writing the data-laden investigation -- from using best cases to illuminate your findings to organizing story elements into a compelling narrative and not a starchy data-dump. We’ll walk through common problems, examples of well-crafted tops and best practices for structuring stories with emotional heft.
Anita Hassan joined the Las Vegas Review Journal's investigations team in August 2017. She was previously an investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle, where her award-winning reporting highlighted a massive backlog of untested rape kits, county jail abuses and corruption in a state program civilly committing sex offenders. Her latest investigation uncovered failures in the criminal justice system that allowed a serial rapist in Houston to go free for a decade.
Paula Lavigne has been an investigative reporter for ESPN since 2008, working for both digital and TV. She has a background in data journalism. Her work has been recognized with several awards including a Peabody, duPont and IRE's first sports investigation award. Prior to ESPN, she worked at newspapers in Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.
Brett Murphy (@brettmmurphy) is a reporter on USA Today’s investigations desk. He’s also an adjunct journalism professor at George Washington University. Murphy co-founded Local Matters, a weekly newsletter curating the best local investigative reporting around the country. Murphy has won numerous journalism awards and was a 2018 Pulitzer finalist for his series on worker exploitation in the port trucking industry. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Jim is deputy managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he oversees its 10-member, Pulitzer-winning I-Team. He served 10 years on IRE's board, including a term as president. He is the author of five works of nonfiction, including "Mobbed Up," an IRE Award winner adapted into the HBO film "Teamster Boss" and most recently "Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy vs. Jimmy Hoffa." Among Jim's passions are narrative writing, archival research, and fighting for public records.
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