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 Star Tribune
  • 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 news outlet that covers gun issues. Previously, she was an investigative reporter and data editor at the New York Daily News, where her work triggered numerous policing reforms, including the passage of 22 laws, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She has also taught data journalism and investigative reporting at CUNY and The New School. @MissRyley

  • Brandon Stahl has been a journalist for six years at the Star Tribune, where he currently covers federal courts and agencies. His stories at the Star Tribune on nursing care failures, child protection and law enforcement handling of sex crimes have resulted in numerous calls for reform and changes in state laws. Twitter: @b_stahl

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