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Post Episode Two: Data journalists investigate school shootings and sexual assault cases

In this episode of Post, journalists work to quantify issues of societal concern through innovative record collection and analysis.

COLUMBIA, Missouri – In Episode Two, Post covers four stories involving data journalism in newspapers and online outlets including the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), ProPublica, and Education Week.

IRE Director of Data Services Charles Minshew joins the show to discuss the projects, which include a deep look at how many students have been exposed to school shootings in America since Columbine, an analysis of hate crimes in K-12 schools, and a calculation of how many homes outside the flood plain filled with water after Hurricane Harvey.

Star Tribune Data Editor MaryJo Webster also joins the show remotely to discuss the paper’s ongoing reporting project “Denied Justice.” The series investigates rape and sexual assault cases to see how – and if – they were handled in the state of Minnesota. The reporting team found many cases never making it to an investigator and very few cases going to prosecutors.

Post is a new media review program from InvestigateTV, Raycom Media’s streaming channel dedicated to in-depth and watchdog reporting. Post is presented in partnership with the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. The monthly program is taped at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, a partner of InvestigateTV.

LINKS to stories discussed in Post, Episode Two:

Hate in Schools, Education Week and ProPublica

Scarred by School Shootings, Washington Post

Harvey’s Floods, Houston Chronicle

Denied Justice, Star Tribune