Presentations

On occasion, somebody asks me to talk about what I do for a living. On this page, I try to collect these talks.

  • NICAR 2014

  • Statistics in the Newsroom Baltimore

    We'll do our best to help you avoid blowing up your newsroom with an explosive mix of means, medians and Fisher's exact test. This survey of statistical tools will demo real-life examples of basic statistical techniques, significance testing, linear models, Monte Carlo simulations and more.

  • Investigating Business Baltimore

    Businesses raise and spend trillions of dollars, build and tear down property, file for patents and copyrights, set up complex partnerships, sue and get sued, and otherwise file reams of documents every year. With all that activity, they leave plenty of marks for journalists to follow. Take your stories beyond the usual sources and learn how to dig through data for business investigations.

  • Data Skeptics

  • The Crash of Asiana Flight 214 New York City

    A critical landing guidance system was out of commission for maintenance at San Francisco International Airport the morning of July 6, when Asiana Flight 214 crash landed, killing three and injuring more than 180. Could the out-of-service equipment have played a role in the crash?

  • IRE 2013

  • Investigating Business San Antonio

    Businesses raise and spend trillions of dollars, build and tear down property, file for patents and copyrights, set up complex partnerships, sue and get sued, and otherwise file reams of documents every year. With all that activity, they leave plenty of marks for investigative journalists to follow. Take your stories beyond the usual sources and learn how to dig through bankruptcy documents, regulatory filings, lawsuits, and other helpful records.

  • IRE 2011

  • Anatomy of an Investigative Project Orlando

    How Miami Herald reporters put together a year-long investigation into thousands of assisted living facilities across the state.

  • Florida Society of Newspaper Editors

  • Databases tipsheet Miami

    Tipsheet from an all day lab that starts with Microsoft Excel and builds to getting and using databases for reporting, putting them on you website.

  • IRE 2008

  • Databases 101 Miami

    This tipsheet reviews some basic information about databases, such as which programs create them and how to go about building them. The tipsheet also includes some advice about requesting databases through FOIA.