Data negotiation: To FOIA or not to FOIA

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri; Michael Grabell of ProPublica; Paula Lavigne of ESPN; Anu Narayanswamy of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

*Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR

We've all been there: They've got the data, you want it, and they're saying you can't have it. The law seems to be on your side, but that doesn't seem to be enough. Learn strategies for wrestling data and documents out of the grip of government agencies, how to deal with various kinds of rejection, and ways to think about obtaining data when all seems lost.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Michael Grabell covers economic and labor issues for ProPublica. He has produced stories for the New York Times, Vice, NPR and Time. His investigative work has included stories on workers' comp, temp labor, the TSA, Lance Armstrong, bus safety and toxic chemicals. Grabell previously worked at The Dallas Morning News. He is the author of "Money Well Spent?," a book about President Obama’s stimulus package and the Great Recession. @MichaelGrabell

  • MARK HORVIT is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of IRE and NICAR. Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE.

  • Paula Lavigne is an investigative reporter for ESPN, and a specialist in data-driven journalism. Her work has been honored with a Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont award, and IRE awards among others. She is co-author of "Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crises." She previously worked in newspapers in Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash. She is an alumna of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.   

  • Anu Narayanswamy is a data reporter on the Washington Post's political enterprise team covering money-in-politics and government accountability. @anu_narayan

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