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Cheryl Phillips

Founder and director of Stanford University’s Big Local News Stanford University


Cheryl Phillips is the founder and director of Stanford University’s Big Local News, a data-sharing platform and computational collaborative in support of local journalism. She also is co-founder of the Stanford Open Policing Project, a cross-departmental effort to collect police interaction data and evaluate racial disparities. She is now part of the Community Law Enforcement Accountability Network, a national effort to collect, process and analyze police use of force and misconduct records. She teaches data and investigative journalism and has worked in numerous newsrooms, including The Seattle Times, USA TODAY, The Detroit News and newsrooms in Texas and Montana. During her time in Seattle, she twice covered breaking news that that received a Pulitzer Prize and twice worked on investigations that were Pulitzer finalists. Cheryl served on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors for a decade and is a former board president.

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Uncovering the truth: Exploring the benefits of federated databases for policing records

Data journalism not only supports pieces, but can also bring to light previously inaccessible facts and stories. This article explains how, by working across domains and disciplines, we can find hard data that helps keep police accountable at scale.