Shooting straight: How to use gun data and documents effectively

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Anthony Cave of KXAN/NBC Austin; Polly Mosendz of Bloomberg News; Daniel Nass of The Trace; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 11:30am
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this session, we'll show you how to sort out what data and documents you can gather for reporting on guns, where you're wasting your time and when you should build from the ground up. We'll discuss common pitfalls and how to accurately and fairly cover the firearms industry, gun violence and regulatory agencies. We'll also offer tips on reliable data streams, sample data on guns and tips on finding sources.

Speaker Bios

  • I'm on the investigative team at KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. 

  • Polly Mosendz is an investigative reporter at Bloomberg News. She has reported extensively on the business of the firearms industry, seeking to understand how capitalistic endeavors impact the American gun violence epidemic. She previously worked for Newsweek and The Atlantic. @Polly on Twitter 

  • Daniel Nass is Associate Editor for Data and Graphics at The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering guns in America. He has contributed to investigations at the intersection of gun violence and public health, law enforcement, campaign finance, and media discourse. Previously, he was the web editor of the Phnom Penh Post.

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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