Presentations

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

  • Statistics in the Newsroom Baltimore: NICAR 2014

    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: NICAR 2014

    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.

  • The Crash of Asiana Flight 214 New York City: Data Skeptics

    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?

  • Investigating Business San Antonio: IRE 2013

    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.

  • Anatomy of an Investigative Project Orlando: IRE 2011

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

  • Databases tipsheet Miami: Florida Society of Newspaper Editors

    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.

  • Databases 101 Miami: IRE 2008

    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.