Master class: Election 2020 data *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2020 NICAR Conference
  • Speakers: Carrie Levine of The Center for Public Integrity; Derek Willis of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 9:00am
  • Location: Galerie 5 - 2nd floor
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This year brings important elections from local school boards to statehouses and the White House. This class, taught by two veteran political reporters, will help you gear up for Election 2020 coverage at any level of government, including: 

*Tools and strategies for campaign finance data, from local to federal candidates

*Following the money and the messaging from campaigns

*Tracking the players beyond candidates, from super PACs to special interests and nonprofits

*Story ideas to help you plan election coverage for your newsroom

No previous data experience is necessary for this workshop, though familiarity with spreadsheets will help. Please bring your own laptop.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

Speaker Bios

  • Carrie Levine (@levinecarrie) investigates the influence of money in politics. She was previously research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a reporter and associate editor for The National Law Journal, and has also worked for the Charlotte Observer, the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., and The Sun (Lowell, Mass.). She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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