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Saturday, March 23 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Signal from the Noise: How building a database can shape narrative decisions

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Boston Globe reporters Meghan Irons and Malcolm Gay take you behind the scenes of The Valedictorians Project, a data-intensive series that explored education, inequality and social mobility through the stories of more than 150 valedictorians. Irons and Gay will discuss the months-long project, which eventually tapped resources across the newsroom and demanded broad data collection, in-depth on-the-ground reporting, and deep analysis -- all told through a variety of media.

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Meghan Irons

Meghan E. Irons covers social justice and race for the Boston Globe and was a City Hall Bureau chief for the paper. Her body of work in her nearly 17 years at the Globe includes stories in which race, class, and culture intersect. Her recent work includes breaking news coverage of... Read More →
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Malcolm Gay

Malcolm Gay covers visual and performing arts for The Boston Globe, where he was a lead writer and reporter on The Valedictorians Project. Before joining the paper, Gay wrote frequently for The New York Times, and has contributed to The Atlantic, Time, and several other publications... Read More →

Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT