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Jennifer LaFleur

Data editor The Investigative Reporting Workshop

I tutor: Data collection


Jennifer LaFleur joined the Investigative Reporting Workshop as data editor in 2017. She also teaches data journalism at American University.

LaFleur previously was a senior editor for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She also contributed to or edited dozens of major projects while at Reveal, including an investigation that was a 2018 Pulitzer finalist.

She is the former director of data journalism at ProPublica and has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News and other newspapers. She serves on Investigative Reporters and Editors' Board of Directors and is on the advisory board of the National Center for Disability and Journalism.

She has a MA from the Missouri School of Journalism and a BA from Benedictine College in computer science and journalism.

She has won awards for coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. She has visited training rooms around the world, and in the process has taught thousands of journalists data and investigative skills.

Content by Jennifer

Data analysis
Data journalism: a guide for editors

Editing investigations is challenging enough, but particularly when you're not familiar with data methods. Maud Beelman and Jennifer LaFleur share guidance for project editors on best practices for workflows, bulletproofing, and writing techniques.

Data collection Covering issues
Following the money

They say that ‘money makes the world go round’. If so, that means there’s a whole lot of stories to be found by looking into how people and organisations spend their dimes.