Lessons learned from building a database with colleagues

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Dana Amihere of KPCC - 89.3; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; MaryJo Webster of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 11:30am
  • Location: Salon 1&2
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Building your own database takes some effort. Doing it with a team of other people takes it up a few notches. Panelists will share best practices and some of the nitty-gritty details you need to know before you build your own database, plus the extra things you need to plan for when it’s a group effort.  We’ll talk about software options, how you can have multiple people entering data at the same time, ensuring you end up with standardized data and other details you’ll be glad to know before you start your own project.

Speaker Bios

  • Dana Amihere recently joined KPCC as data editor, where she will help lead the station's data visualization and digital storytelling efforts. Previously, she worked as an interactive editor at The Dallas Morning News, as a web developer for Pew Research Center’s digital team and as an interactive designer on The Baltimore Sun’s data desk.

  • Todd Wallack is an investigative reporter and data journalist on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He has won national awards for his work on public records and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times as part of small teams, including in 2018 for a series examining Boston's reputation for racism. Wallack was selected as a Nieman fellow for 2019-2020. @twallack

  • MaryJo has been data editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune for four years. Previously, she had stints with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Digital First Media and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She started her career as a reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. @MaryJoWebster

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