Campaign finance the data science way

  • Event: 2013 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Brandon Roberts of Austin Cut; Chase Davis of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 2 at 4:00pm
  • Location: Regency North
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**Moderated by Chase Davis, Hot Type Consulting

The Center for Investigative Reporting and IRE teamed up with the San Francisco data science company Kaggle to help bridge the gap in journalism between hacking, math and substantive expertise. They challenged data scientists to approach a database journalists have looked at a million times over: federal campaign contributions. We'll introduce you to the winner of the competition and discuss the tools the data scientists used and their results.

Speaker Bios

  • Chase Davis is a senior digital editor at the Star Tribune in his hometown of Minneapolis. Previously he ran the Interactive News desk at The New York Times and worked as as reporter and editor in Texas, Iowa and California. He also teaches a class in advanced data journalism at his alma mater, Mizzou. @chasedavis

  • Brandon Roberts is the founder and editor of The Austin Cut, a monthly independent newspaper in Austin, Texas. As a self-made journalist and hacker, he has used technology and new approaches in his investigations which include articles about the Silk Road underground marketplace and police activity. Most recently, Roberts was a finalist in the CIJ/IRE’s Data Mining contest. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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