The debt trap
College students are taking on more and more debt to pay for their education. We'll walk you through a federal dataset called College Scorecard so you can make sense of the numbers and get story ideas. We'll also brainstorm ways to tell this $1.5 trillion story by focusing on students and others who are affected the most.
This session was sponsored by the Lumina Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.
Holly Hacker is an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Before that, she covered education at The News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ventura County (CA) Star. She's a past winner of the Philip Meyer Award for stories that exposed cheating on standardized tests in Texas. @hollyhacker
Katie Beth Nichols is a sophomore in the Walter J. Lemke School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas. She is pursuing a degree in Journalism with emphases in Editorial News and Advertising/Public Relations, and is on track to earn a 5-year Master’s in Journalism. She spent the fall semester in a practicum called the Digital Media Lab, where she and 9 other students reported on student loans and their effects post-graduation. @wherekbtweets
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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