Using Data to Cover Police

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December 10, 2015 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Using Data to Cover Police
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the McCormick Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
December 10, 2015
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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One of the most frustrating things about the cops beat is that you feel like there is more to the broader story, but you aren't sure how to find the patterns. Sometimes, police departments are forthcoming and helpful. Often, you're left knowing there are data available but not sure where to look or how to get past the bureaucracy that stands in your way.

During this Webinar, you'll learn how to get data that government agencies don't want you to have, analyze it and find patterns that will help you build police accountability stories.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to find unique story ideas that hold police accountable
  • How to gather data and use it to build a solid story
  • Where to look for data
  • How to navigate bureaucracy to get the data you need
  • How to begin to spot patterns in police data
Who Should Take this Course:

Police beat reporters, criminal justice accountability reporters and investigative reporters.

Course Instructor:

Cheryl W. Thompson

Cheryl W. Thompson is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University. For the last nearly 19 years, she has written extensively about police and criminal justice issues, and immigration. Her work has won a regional Emmy Award, two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and other local, regional and national awards. She also was part of a team that was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Training Partner:

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

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512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
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1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
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Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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