Introducing the Public Accountability Project

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Lynne Perri of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: Sugarland B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The Accountability Project is a new site from The Investigative Reporting Workshop to help you search hundreds of millions of rows of public data based on names, organizations and addresses. We've indexed federal and state campaign finance, nonprofit grants and employees, 527s, and some state personnel, business license and voter data. We'll show the site and tell you what's next.

Speaker Bios

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • Lynne Perri is managing editor of IRW, and teaches reporting, ethics and visual journalism at American University.  She is a former deputy managing editor for Graphics and Photography at USA TODAY, where she also wrote features and book reviews. She has been an education reporter, features writer, arts critic and features editor at newspapers in Florida and Indiana, and an adjunct professor at Syracuse, Northwestern and the University of Maryland.

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