Using data and documents in your reporting

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Blake Ellis of CNN; Melanie Hicken of CNN; Topher Sanders of ProPublica; Kristin Hussey of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

How to get in the document mindset and look for data and documents on all beats. We give specific examples of documents and data that are available and useful for investigative reporting.

Speaker Bios

  • Blake Ellis is an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN. Her work has exposed everything from widespread sexual abuse in nursing homes to one of the longest-running scams in history. It has also inspired legislative action and government investigation. 

  • Melanie Hicken is an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN. Her work, along with reporting partner Blake Ellis, has exposed everything from widespread sexual abuse in nursing homes to a little red pill targeting the elderly. She is also the co-author of A Deal with the Devil, about one of the longest-running scams in history. Follow her at @melhicken.

  • Kristin Hussey is a Connecticut-based freelance reporter. Since 2007, Kristin has reported on corruption, philanthropy, guns, politics, poverty, resilience, pizza and prom dresses for The New York Times. B.C., Kristin was a staff writer for WSJ.com, The Capital in Annapolis, Md., and The News in Boca Raton, Fla. @kristinhussey1

  • Topher Sanders covers race, inequality and the justice system for ProPublica. @ReporterTopher

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