Source:21Amanda Zamora, Robert Benincasa, Glenn Howatt
Affiliation:ProPublica, NPR News, Star Tribune
Data investigations are tough. They require in-depth analysis of complex datasets, perceptive ability to pull out the most interesting facts and trends, and thoughtful and accessible presentation. All of that is hard enough when crunching existing data -- but what happens when the information you're after is nowhere to be found and there is no established framework for how to present it? The journalists on this panel have built previously nonexistent databases that not only went on to serve as resources for other news organizations, but also received wide recognition for the complexity and scope of the investigations they required and have been awarded for their subsequent impact. Come hear them speak about how they built exhaustive data investigations from the ground up by scouring and fighting for facts, setting their own parameters of the investigation, and presenting the data in a way that gave their reporting longevity and credibility.