Campaign Finance II: Going beyond the data

  • Event: 2014 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jack Gillum of ProPublica; Christopher Schnaars of USA TODAY Network; Fredreka Schouten of CNN
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 28 at 2:00pm
  • Location: Salon DEF
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

So you've downloaded and analyzed a treasure trove of campaign-finance data and gotten a couple quotes from a spokesman or two. It's time to craft your story, right? Well, sure, if you like to see your stuff on the bottom of C8. We'll show you how to marry your smart analysis with shoeleather reporting to provide context and background information on the people and PACs who dig deep into their own pockets to fill campaign war chests. And you get a free kitten!

This session is good for: Reporters who want a heavier emphasis on shoe leather reporting tips to cover campaign finance.

Speaker Bios

  • Jack Gillum is a senior reporter at ProPublica covering the intersection of technology and privacy, focusing this year on election security and disinformation. He’s previously reported on D.C.-based investigations at The Washington Post and The Associated Press, and worked for USA Today and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. @jackgillum  

  • Christopher Schnaars is a database editor with the USA TODAY Network, where he dabbles with campaign finance data, assists other reporters with data analysis and occasionally writes semi-functional Python code. @chrisschnaars

  • Fredreka Schouten covers money in politics for USA TODAY, where she writes about everything from the billionaires funding U.S. elections to scam super PACs. She's in the midst of her fourth, and most interesting, presidential campaign. She's had a lot of jobs in her career, including national education reporter for Gannett, city editor of the The Idaho Statesman and St. Croix bureau chief of The Virgin Islands Daily News, her hometown [email protected]

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