News & Updates

Reporting Ebola

On Thursday, please join us for a ‘pop-up’ event— Reporting Ebola, with journalist Jeff Stern T’07  (Public Policy and Policy Journalism & Media Studies) and moderated by Prof. Ken Rogerson.  Jeff’s reporting was published in the October issue of Vanity Fair:  Hell in the Hot ZoneAlso see Stern’s personal website for more of his reporting and photographs from Afghanistan. Feel free to spread the word!  The event is in the Sanford School, 3-4 pm, Room 05. More Info.

Sarah Cohen on Data Journalism and what reporters should know

In an interview with Journalist’s Resource, Former Duke professor Sarah Cohen, now editor of computer-assisted reporting at the New York Times, talks about her work at Duke and Columbia, and what those preparing to be ‘data journalists’ should know about the field.

Reporters’ Lab Hosts Fact-Checking Summit

factcheckersIn early June, the Reporters’ Lab co-sponsored Poynter’s inaugural Global Fact-Checking Summit at the London School of Economics. Fifty-five journalists from six continents gathered to learn, share best practices and build a community of world-wide fact-checkers. In his opening remarks, organizer and Knight Professor of Computational Journalism Bill Adair told attendees, “Here we are from all over the world and we all have this passion for this unique form of journalism.” Tim Franklin, President of the Poynter Institute, applauded the work of the attendees, “The world needs more clarions of fact-based truth.” Additional conference coverage and video highlights can be seen here and here.

“The Goat Must Be Fed”

goatThe Reporters’ Lab investigates digital tools and the data reporting revolution in the news business. Why do so many news staffs have such a difficult time figuring out how to open these digital toolboxes — even when peers at other organizations have shown what even one data-savvy journalist on staff can accomplish? The resulting report got its title from an interview with Jim Farley, the recently retired news leader at WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C. “We’re live and local, 24/7, 365,” Farley told us. “The goat must be fed.”