Getting it the rightest you can

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Thomas Hargrove of Murder Accountability Project; John Perry of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Janet Roberts of Reuters
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 9:00am
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Jennifer LaFleur, The Center for Investigative Reporting

No data is/are perfect, but there are things you can do to make sure it's as bulletproof as possible. This session will cover tests you should put your data through to make sure it will hold water, questions you should ask data administrators about their data to make sure you don't get fooled, and how reporting on the ground can bolster the data you use for stories and apps.

This session is good for: Anyone who wants to be right

Speaker Bios

  • Thomas Hargrove is a retired Washington, D.C., -based investigative journalist and White House correspondent. He founded the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project in 2015 to track unsolved homicides. While at Scripps Howard News Service, he developed an algorithm that uses FBI homicide data to identify clusters of murders with an elevated probability of containing serial killings. The algorithm detected an unrealized series of murders in Gary, Ind. @ThomasHargrove

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • 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.

  • Janet Roberts heads the data journalism team at Reuters and has been wringing stories out of data since she was a student in Phil Meyer’s journalism class at UNC. Before Reuters, she worked at the New York Times, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Wilmington Star-News. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. @jersey_janet

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