Using data & docs in your reporting

  • Event: 2018 Atlanta Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Date/Time: Friday, Apr. 6 at 11:30am
  • Location: See printed schedule for room information
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

How to get in the document mindset and look for data and documents on all beats. We'll give specific examples of documents and data that are available and useful for investigative reporting.

Speaker Bios

  • Shawn McIntosh is editorial director at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, overseeing news content, including investigative reporting and data journalism. A career-long member of IRE, she credits the training and camaraderie offered here for any success she has had. She has previously been top editor in Jackson, Miss., and worked in investigative roles at The Dallas Morning News and USA TODAY. @shawnmcintosh and @AJCInvestigate

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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