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Stimulus webinar available for download

Earlier this month, Sarah Cohen of Duke University and Jennifer LaFleur of ProPublica helped uncover some of the mysteries of stimulus reporting in a one-hour IRE webinar. A recording of this session is now available for purchase and download here.

During the webinar, Cohen and LaFleur explain stimulus basics and how to follow the dollars from Congress to your town. They also share useful tools to make it all easier. This session can help you make sense of stimulus data, find out what is available and be better prepared for potential data pitfalls.

The cost of the recording is $5 for IRE members and $10 for nonmembers. (Please note that Adobe Media Player must be installed to watch the downloaded video. Get the player for free by following the link on the webinar download page.) Please contact should you have any questions.

Please read below for more information about the speakers:

SARAH COHEN joined the faculty of Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy as a Knight chair in July. Previously, she worked as a database editor for the Washington Post for more than a decade. At the Post, she shared in most major journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the IRE gold medal and the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. She has also worked as IRE training director and as a reporter in Florida, most recently for the St. Petersburg Times.

JENNIFER LaFLEUR is director of computer-assisted reporting for ProPublica, a public-interest investigative newsroom in New York. She formerly was the CAR editor for The Dallas Morning News, where she worked on the News’ investigative team. She has held similar positions at the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was IRE training director back in the olden days and co-authored an IRE Beat Book on mapping.

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