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 is an investigative reporter for ESPN, and a specialist in data-driven journalism. Her work has been honored with a Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont award, and IRE awards among others. She is co-author of "Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crises." She previously worked in newspapers in Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash. She is an alumna of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.
Brett Murphy is a reporter on USA TODAY’s investigations desk. His most recent series on worker exploitation and lease-to-own contracts in the port trucking industry was Pulitzer finalist for national reporting. Brett previously covered courts, hurricanes and mass-shootings for the Naples Daily News and worked at Investigative Reporters and Editors as a Google NewsLab fellow. He also co-founded Local Matters, a weekly newsletter curating the best investigative reporting around the country. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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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