How to turn data into human stories

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Aaron Mendelson of KPCC - 89.3; Sarah Ryley of The Trace; Brandon Stahl of KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 11:30am
  • Location: Salon D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Some reporters are afraid of losing people’s interest by using too many numbers in stories. But data can lead to great narratives, in addition to charts and findings. Our panel will show you how to turn data into compelling human stories that help drive a narrative, create tension and make people care. We will show you how even the most complicated data can be explored in ways that engage and surprise.

Speaker Bios

  • Aaron Mendelson is a data reporter and member of the investigative team at the NPR affiliate KPCC in Los Angeles. @a_mendelson

  • Sarah Ryley is an investigative reporter at The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom focused on gun issues. She covered policing for six years at The Trace and New York Daily News, producing data-driven stories that led to more than 20 new laws. Her work has been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, two Sidney Awards, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She studied journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit. @MissRyley

  • Brandon Stahl works as an investigative reporter and producer for KARE 11, the Minneapolis NBC affiliate. Prior to that he worked in newspapers for more than a decade, including at the Star Tribune, where his work has resulted in dozens of reforms and changes in state laws. He along with three other Star Tribune journalists were named Pulitzer Prize finalists in 2019 for "Denied Justice," a series on botched rape investigations.

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