Data and documents

  • Event: 2017 Portland (ME) Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Mike Rezendes of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Gannett Hall
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Mike Rezendes is a former investigative reporter with The Boston Globe Spotlight Team and shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Mike was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, once for an investigation of the debt collection industry, and more recently for an exposé of the mental health care system in Massachusetts. In 2015, he was played by Mark Ruffalo in the Academy Award-winning movie, “Spotlight.”

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

Related Tipsheets

  • How data and documents guide my work/useful documents
    Cheryl W. Thompson, associate professor at George Washington University and investigative reporter at The Washington Post, includes in her slides where to get data for criminal justice projects, what to do with the data, and ways to present the information you've found.