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Gannett sent more than 60 journalists from the companies' various media outlets to attend this year's conference. Those journalists are sharing their insights on Gannett @ IRE, which includes interviews with speakers and general insights from the conference. 

Here are some posts from Thursday:

World of Data session

I was amazed by how quickly Tisha Thompson said she types paper records into data files. I was even more amazed that she doesn’t really have anyone proofread her data entry. She said her way of checking her numbers from her data entry is by going back to public officials and asking if it looks right. That’s a good idea but my only worry is that officials don’t sometimes have a good grasp of their data if it’s only in paper format.

Ernie Garcia, The Journal News

Be careful with crime trends

Does a significant increase in the crime rate suggest a bad year for local law enforcement? Not necessarily, says James Fox from Northeastern University.

It’s a good lesson across the board in journalism, as reporters try to draw conclusions from the latest trend. (Insert “Jump to Conclusions” mat joke from Office Space) A 20 percent increase in homicides could mean a bad crime year — but it could also mean a normal one. Maybe last year was just an especially good one. I guess the takeaway is to always get multiple years for the sake of comparison.

Brian Eason, The Clarion-Ledger

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