How to collaborate across multiple newsrooms to solve big problems

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Heather Bryant of Project Facet; Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Deborah Nelson of University of Maryland; Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

There are fewer journalists and fewer outlets, but the problems aren't getting smaller. Learn how to build a successful collaboration that's more than just a single story.

Speaker Bios

  • Heather Bryant is the founder and director of Project Facet, an open source project that supports newsroom collaboration. As a 2016-2017 JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford, she researched how to make collaboration easier and more effective for newsrooms. She published the Collaborative Journalism Workbook and works with the Center for Cooperative Media to chronicle collaborative projects from around the world in the Collaborative Journalism Database.

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation’s “Feddie” award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle’s Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News. 

  • Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist based at University of Maryland, home of the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Recent student projects examined jail suicides with the AP, urban heat islands with NPR and juvenile lifers with PBS NewsHour. Nelson co-authored a series for Reuters on military base housing that won top honors from SPJ, NPC and WHCA last year. She previously worked at the Washington Post, LA Times and Seattle Times.

  • Cheryl Phillips teaches journalism at Stanford, is the founder of Big Local News and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. She worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years as a reporter and editor. She twice was part of breaking news coverage that received the Pulitzer Prize and twice served on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas. She is a former IRE board president. @cephillips

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