Mining searchable databases for stories

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; Jonathan Stoneman of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 8 at 11:20am
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The Web is teeming with searchable databases that have story tips and nuggets just waiting for you. In this session we'll share some international and U.S. based links, show you ways to get most out of your online database searches and provide tips for knowing when it's time to forego the searchable database and request the full dataset from the source. We'll also offer some inspiration in the form of story examples done by veteran journalists using data readily available on the Web.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Jaimi Dowdell is a data journalist for Reuters. Previously she was training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. During that time, she trained thousands of journalists around the world in document- and data-driven reporting. In 2016, she received the Spotlight Fellowship for Investigative Reporting. Dowdell is a Mizzou grad and can be reached at jaimi.dowdell@tr.com, @JaimiDowdell. 

  • Former BBC journalist turned freelance trainer and data-obsessive. Jonathan specialises mostly in open data. 2019 is his 7th NICAR and he (together with Jen LaFleur and Aron Pilhofer) brings a session inspired by the "Escape Room" craze - 60 minutes to solve a data-driven puzzle and get out of the room. 

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