Before you ever start your analysis

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Rob Barry of The Wall Street Journal; Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; MaryJo Webster of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 10:15am
  • Location: Salon C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Don't just rush out and file that FOIA! Though requesting or finding data is often an early step in a data-driven story, not giving enough thought to what it is you're gathering can lead to weeks or months of delays, only to discover the data you get doesn’t fit your needs. We’ll show you why putting your reporting skills to work and planning your analysis before filing a public records request can pay off big time. We’ll give you a checklist of questions to ask and red flags to watch out for to ensure you get your story off to a good start.

This session will be interactive and prizes will be awarded to some lucky attendees.

Speaker Bios

  • Rob Barry helps lead The Wall Street Journal's investigative data team. Recently, he has reported on topics including nation-state hacking and influence operations, the Trump administration, narcotics trafficking and terrorist financing. @rob_barry

  • Jaimi Dowdell is a data journalist for Reuters. Previously she was training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. During that time, she trained thousands of journalists around the world in document- and data-driven reporting. In 2016, she received the Spotlight Fellowship for Investigative Reporting. Dowdell is a Mizzou grad and can be reached at, @JaimiDowdell. 

  • 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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