It's a disaster

  • Event: 2014 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Matt Jacob of The Dallas Morning News; Alex Richards of Syracuse University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 28 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon BC
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Many indispensable data sources can quickly be at your fingertips should disaster ever strike. We'll discuss some of the best examples of this kind of reporting from around the country and what to have on hand in your newsroom to be prepared.

This session is good for: Reporters who understand data basics and are comfortable using spreadsheets on deadline.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Jacob is a member of the Projects & Enterprise team at The Dallas Morning News, where he plays a data reporting role in major investigations as well as work with reporters across the newsroom to help gather and analyze data to produce quick-hit investigations. He is a proud alumnus of SMU and the University of Missouri, where he honed his data skills while working as a graduate assistant at NICAR. @matthewajacob

  • Alex is an assistant professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, where he teaches data journalism. He's a former IRE training director, and he has previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune, NerdWallet, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and shared the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. @alexrichards

Related Tipsheets

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