The data sets every government reporter should have
Veteran data and government reporters team up to share a list of data sets that can give you a competitive edge in both breaking news and long-term investigations. Walk away from this panel with a wide-ranging list of local and national databases you can request or download immediately, along with related story ideas that will position you to lead coverage while holding governments of all levels accountable. Databases covered will include topics as diverse as payroll, pensions, settlements, vendor information, check registers, immigration courts, voter registration, licensed professionals, property tax, and much more.
Ana Ceballos is a reporter with the News Service of Florida, where she covers state government and politics. For the 2018 elections, she worked as a political correspondent for the USA TODAY Network’s Florida. Twitter: @anaceballos_
Mark Horvit is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting, and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE.
Tina Macias is an Emmy award-winning investigative producer at KHOU 11News in Houston, where she juggles longterm data stories and breaking news investigations. Prior to joining KHOU, she was an investigative producer and newspaper reporter in Louisiana. Her investigations have exposed government corruption, spotlighted billions of dollars in government waste and helped changed policy. @KHOUMacias
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