Building and telling a bulletproof data story

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Pam Dempsey of The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Andrew Lehren of NBC News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether you’re the lone data-cruncher in your organization or the manager of a big-time newsroom, we’re going to share techniques everyone can use to ensure they’ve got bulletproof data. We will first go over questions everyone should ask to avoid dangerous mistakes and assumptions, and then give tips on how to incorporate that data into a compelling story.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the 2016 IRE Innovation award and the National Press Foundation's "Feddie" award. His work was a key part of the Chronicle's 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist entry for Breaking News.

  • Pam Dempsey is the executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. She is an award-winning journalist with investigative reporting and editing experience on topics including agribusiness, migrant farm workers, health, housing and Native American government. Dempsey is an online, print and radio journalist and has helped coordinate the start-up of two online newsrooms that heavily emphasize data journalism.

  • Andy Lehren is senior editor for the NBC News investigative team. Previously at The New York Times. Led NBC’s work on the Implant Files collaboration. Mined the Snowden files. Probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables troves, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets.” Covered the military, policing. terrorism, more. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, three IRE awards and contributing to a Pulitzer. Specializes in data journalism. Teaches  @cunyjschool. @lehrennbc

Related Tipsheets

No tipsheets have yet been uploaded for this event.