I screwed up. I survived and you can, too.

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Tom McGinty of The Wall Street Journal; Coulter Jones of The Wall Street Journal; John Perry of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 3:20pm
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Coulter Jones, MedPage Today

The path to great data-driven journalism is not a straight line. Inevitable issues with records, different answers in an analysis and questions on methodology are par for the course. Mistakes are part of the process, but they don't have to be debilitating. This panel will cover the best practices and tips, sometimes learned the hard way, to ensure that a story is bullet-proofed before publication.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Cohen is the Knight professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She previous worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the IRE medal, the RFK award and the Goldsmith award. Cohen is a past Knight Chair at Duke University and a reporter in Florida. She is a past president of IRE.

  • Coulter Jones is a reporter who specializes in using data analysis, programming and open records to report compelling stories. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Jones worked as an investigative and data reporter for MedPage Today, New York Public Radio, The Center for Investigative Reporting and newspapers in Pennsylvania. @coulterjones 

  • Tom McGinty is a leader of the Wall Street Journal's data-journalism group. He was on the team of Journal reporters that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, awarded for the paper's "Medicare Unmasked" series, which uncovered waste, fraud and abuse in the vast federal program. He previously was a reporter for the Long Island newspaper Newsday and training director of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

  • John Perry is technical director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s data journalism team. He came to the AJC in January 2008. As a member of the investigative team, he helped uncover wide-spread cheating on state tests in the Atlanta Public Schools. Before coming to Atlanta, Perry was a senior fellow at the non-profit investigative journalism organization, The Center for Public Integrity and database editor at The Oklahoman, the newspaper in Oklahoma City.

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