#NatSecDataDC: Medill, IRE host Summer National Security Journalism Data/Watchdog Workshop in Washington

The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative and Investigative Reporters & Editors co-hosted a full-day workshop to teach reporters how to better utilize data as part of their national security coverage at the Medill Washington newsroom on July 11. Here's the story, as told by social media.

  1. The workshop, which was co-sponsored by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative, featured facilitators from the New York Times, The Intercept, The Washington Post and more.
  2. It started with some breakfast ...
  3. ... and some basics:
  4. The NYT's Ron Nixon gave reporters the inside scoop on what to expect when making FOIA requests of government agencies and other investigative-reporting demands, for better or for worse.
  5. But the cautionary tales came with data-wrangling tips to make the process of finding stories hidden within it less daunting.
  6. He also attempted to make attendees look at national security in a new light -- namely, what constitutes the beat ...
  7. ... and who some of its more unlikely, yet powerful, players are.
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