Digging into education data: From preschool to college

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Andrea Fuller of The Wall Street Journal; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Annie Waldman of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 10:15am
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

State and federal governments hold treasure troves of education data that reporters and news nerds can dig into to find great stories. Come learn how to parse the latest iteration of federal civil rights data (CRDC), which reveals resource and discipline inequities across the nation’s +96,000 schools. Find out the pros and cons of reporting with federal College Scorecard data, which tells the story of tuition and student debt across the nation’s +7,000 colleges. And hear an overview of the other great data sources that are available for education stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Andrea Fuller is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York City who specializes in data analysis. She uses spreadsheets, databases, and computer code to find stories. Fuller joined the Journal in April 2014. She previously was a data journalist at Gannett Digital, The Center for Public Integrity and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a graduate of Stanford University. @anfuller

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director for IRE. He's worked for 18 years in professional newsrooms throughout the country, published by Chalkbeat, Education Week, the Los Angeles Times, Austin Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Nieman Storyboard, Laredo Morning Times, and La Prensa de San Antonio @fvaraorta

  • Annie Waldman is a reporter at ProPublica, where she covers education. She has won two Education Writers Association awards and been a finalist twice. She was part of the ProPublica team that investigated maternal mortality, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2018. | @anniewaldman

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