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. Ms. 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. 

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director at the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. He brings nearly 20 years of newsroom experience, published by a variety of news organizations, including Chalkbeat, Education Week, the San Antonio Express-News, Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He earned a master’s degree in investigative/data journalism at Mizzou & a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

  • 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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