Finding characters in data and documents

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica; Michael Berens of Thomson Reuters; Alyssa Perry of KPCC - 89.3
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

No matter how powerful our findings from data and documents, we still need people to propel our story. We’ll show how you can dive into OSHA documents, death-certificate databases and other troves of records to find them. We’ll also touch on the needs of different media, showing, for example, how the right character for print might be the wrong character for radio.

Speaker Bios

  • Ken Armstrong is a senior reporter at ProPublica. Previous stops: The Marshall Project, Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. He’s won Pulitzers for investigative reporting and explanatory reporting, and shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news. He’s won six IRE Awards, a Peabody for radio, an Edgar for books, and a lifetime achievement award from Columbia. Twitter: @bykenarmstrong

  • Michael J. Berens is an investigative reporter for Thomson Reuters whose work has been recognized by dozens of national awards, from Selden Ring to Worth Bingham to Gerald Loeb, including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His career began in the 1980s at The Columbus Dispatch as a copy boy who sorted mail, delivered newspapers to the staff, grabbed the editor’s lunch and assembled the newsroom Christmas tree.

  • Alyssa Jeong Perry is a health reporter at KPCC, the NPR station in Los Angeles. Before that she was at KQED and worked with Reveal on the Tesla story that uncovered workplace abuse. @alyssajperry

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