J-Day 2012: Figuring the Facts and Turning Data into Award-Winning Stories

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 6:45-8 p.m.
Location: Reese Phifer Hall, Room 216

This J-Day session features two national experts in data-driven journalism, ProPublica’s Jennifer LaFleur and The New York Times’ Andrew Lehren.

LaFleur and Lehren have built and analyzed databases for dozens of award-winning investigative stories. Their work has won dozens of national awards since the 1990s, on topics ranging from WikiLeaks to presidential pardons to the economics of Super Bowl tickets.

Jennifer LaFleur
Jennifer LaFleur is database editor for ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom that has partnered with The New York Times, 60 Minutes, and dozens of other news organizations. She previously was database editor at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Dallas Morning News and The San Jose Mercury News, and is a member of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.

Andrew Lehren
Andrew Lehren is a reporter for The New York Times, which he joined after working as an investigative producer for NBC News. He contributed to a Times examination of the pharmaceutical industry that won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, and he worked on reports that won Polk, Peabody and Emmy awards. Lehren earned master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri, where they worked on the staff of the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting.

Sponsored by the department of journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, March 29 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.