Management Track: Editing & bulletproofing the data story

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Maud Beelman of The Howard Center for Investigative Reporting; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Managing a data project presents challenges for any editor. No matter your comfort level with data, this session will give you the foundation you need to help make sure your reporters aren't running with scissors or spinning their wheels on data projects. Two veteran editors, Jennifer LaFleur of The Investigative Reporting Workshop and Maud Beelman of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, will guide you through the ins and outs of data journalism from an editor's point of view, including helping reporters find focus for their data stories, being skeptical of data and finding potential pitfalls.

Speaker Bios

  • Maud Beelman is the executive editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She was U.S. Investigations Editor for The Associated Press and founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the George Polk, IRE, SPJ, ONA and APME. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and serves on its board of directors. @maudbeelman

  • Jennifer LaFleur is the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

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