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New digital tools for investigative journalism aaja

  1. 1. New Digital Tools for Investigative Journalism Sponsored by the Gannett Foundation
  2. 2. AAJA 2010 Conference Los Angeles, California Kate Marymont Bill Church Vice President/News Editor Gannett Statesman Journal Alison Young Investigative Reporter USA TODAY
  3. 3. Digital Tools for Watchdog Reporting: Social network Maps analysis Interactive graphics Embedding documents Data visualization Crowdsourcing Timelines
  4. 4. WASHINGTON POST: TOP SECRET IN AMERICA JULY 19, 2010
  5. 5. THE NEW YORK TIMES: STOP, QUESTION, FRISK JULY 11, 2010
  6. 6. STUMP INTERRUPTED: BILL WHITE TEXAS TRIBUNE
  7. 7. Social Network Analysis:
  8. 8. FLIPPING FRAUD PROJECT SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE DATE REPORTERS JULY 2009 MICHAEL BRAGA, CHRIS DAVIS & MATTHEW DOIG
  9. 9. Social Networking Analysis: Interviewed Adams' former business partners and analyzed land deeds, mortgage documents and other records related to his real estate deals. Found he used a network of professional associates and a stable of regular buyers to control every aspect of his real estate flips. Multiple flips made Adams hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate sales commissions.
  10. 10. Embedding Documents:
  11. 11. California Watch: Documents detailing Palin’s speaking fee shredded by university -University lied about shredding documents. -Obtained copy of speaking agreement. - Officials who willfully refuse to disclose public documents can be prosecuted for. misdemeanors.
  12. 12. Crowdsourcing:
  13. 13. Crowdsourcing and Investigative Reporting: The use of crowdsourcing allows the audience to become involved by generating a story idea or assisting with investigation. Information is usually gathered through a website or other automated agent. By requiring additional information like first and last name, and zip code (to ensure locality) users can be verified.
  14. 14. ENGULFED: PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL PNJ.COM AND CONTENT ONE
  15. 15. Crowdsourcing: The Telegraph’s investigation into Sites like HelpMeInvestigate MPs expenses led to an recruits users to assist make enormous crowdsourcing investigations possible and investigative reporting project – produced an in-depth by the Guardian investigation into the most ticketed streets in Birmingham. Giving power to the users to investigate or review documents Spot.Us brings readers in by asking them to sponsor reporting projects – community-funded reporting
  16. 16. CROWDSOURCING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN CNN.COM
  17. 17. Timelines:
  18. 18. Tools for creating a timeline: Capzles - The Detroit Free Press used Capzles to produce “Interactive timeline of the text-message scandal” showing events leading up to the resignation of the mayor.
  19. 19. Tools for creating a timeline: Dipity - The Dispatch Online created a timeline for their report Broken Homes which detailed the city’s poor planning and its impact on impoverished neighborhoods.
  20. 20. Data visualization
  21. 21. USA TODAY: Toxic Air and America’s Schools - Investigation on air pollution around hundreds of schools nationwide. - Innovations: searchable database and graphic visualizations.
  22. 22. USA TODAY: INVESTIGATION OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH SALARIES INTERACTIVE DATABASE OF SALARIES
  23. 23. Data-driven Stories: - Special Report “Drunken Driving” (series) - Reporters discovered The Nevada Department of Corrections failed to adjust the parole-eligibility dates for the eight DUI offenders who were sent back to prison to serve a full two-year term. - Following the investigation, the department reviewed an opinion by Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto that said the two years is mandatory and adjusted the parole-eligibility dates for seven offenders. Most will spend another year in prison. RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL REPORTER: MARTHA BELLISLE
  24. 24. ON NORTH CONCORD, IT'S DESOLATION ROW INDYSTAR.COM REPORTER: JEFF SWIATEK
  25. 25. How they did it: Compiled an array of personalized data from property records, crime reports, tax statements and interviews. Gathered historical, countywide vacancy data to give our readers the “macrocosm” look at what has happened over time across the city. Interviewed residents (past and present). Included a Google street view map embed.
  26. 26. WILMINGTON NEWS JOURNAL PROJECT SHUT OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY AWARD REPORTER FOI WINNER MIKE CHALMERS
  27. 27. LIVING WITH CRIME IN BOOKER T. - FLORIDA TODAY JOHN A. TORRES, CRAIG RUBADOUX, CAROLINE PEREZ, DENNIS LOWE
  28. 28. Cashing in on kids: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Reporter Raquel Rutledge spent over a year investigating state funded childcare system called Wisconsin Shares, and discovered millions of taxpayer dollars were being stolen. Result: State crackdown yielding $45 million dollars in savings for tax payers and prosecution of daycare owners
  29. 29. Investigative reporting tools allow us to: Data visualization allows us Crowdsourcing brings to generate story armies of assistants into foundations and simply play. depict information for readers Online platforms allow us to tell deep and media rich GIS or mapping stories. technologies allows us to see nuances and relationships between information and place
  30. 30. “The problem with all these bribery and corruption stories is they are often quite complicated, financial and dry. Because of the legal problems, of which there are many, you have to be quite roundabout with the things you say. But to find ways of doing it online that can bring it alive for people and give them a handle on it is a really exciting thing. You’ve seen these stories which say ‘Complex web of financial transactions’, and people’s eyes glaze over. This is about trying to find a way past that.” ---David Leigh, Guardian

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