Following paper and database trails

  • Event: 2018 Denver Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May. 5 at 11:30am
  • Location: Training room
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Get into the watchdog mindset with these solid reporting tips. This session will offer advice on developing a "data and documents state of mind," understanding records retention schedules and exploring common records to request on a variety of beats.

Speaker Bios

  • Ken Armstrong is a senior reporter at ProPublica. Previous stops: The Marshall Project, Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. He’s won Pulitzers for investigative reporting and explanatory reporting, and shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news. He’s won six IRE Awards, a Peabody for radio, an Edgar for books, and a lifetime achievement award from Columbia. Twitter: @bykenarmstrong

  • Nicole Vap is the Director of Investigative Journalism at KUSA in Denver and with TEGNA. Nicole leads a team of award winning reporters and producers who investigate government corruption, questionable business practices, crime, and scams both in Denver and across the country. Nicole and her 9Wants to Know team have been recognized with an IRE Award in 2019, a Columbia duPont Silver Baton in 2011, and National Edward R. Murrow award and a Sigma Delta Chi in 2018.

Related Tipsheets

  • Following paper and document trails
    Ken Armstrong gave tips on how to track down documents and data through public records and how to understand complicated processes and schedules.