Immigration Track: Using data to cover immigration

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Garance Burke of The Associated Press; Perla Trevizo of Houston Chronicle; Topher Sanders of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas F
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The immigration beat is rich with data, but it's not always easy to get or to interpret. You already know about statistical yearbooks, the monthly reports put out by Customs and Border Protection and are familiar with the stats from the Executive Office of Immigration Review, but how do you go beyond that? How can you request the raw data, how do you word FOIA requests to ensure compliance, and how can you merge and analyze information from multiple sources to get a broader picture of what happens at the border? Finally, how can you “roll your own” data when what you get in response doesn’t tell the full story? 

Speaker Bios

  • Garance Burke is a national investigative reporter for The Associated Press. Driven by data and documents, her work has helped to shape presidential elections, inspired Senate hearings and prompted federal probes. Before AP, Burke wrote for the Mexican daily El Financiero, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Her reporting has been honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received the RFK Print Journalism Award and SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi award. @garanceburke

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

  • Perla Trevizo covers the environment for the Houston Chronicle. She previously covered border and immigration for more than a decade, more recently as a member of the Arizona Daily's Star investigative team. Perla has covered a range of topics, from county politics to higher education in Texas and Tennessee, and reported from nearly a dozen countries. @Perla_Trevizo

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