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What’s Next for the Economy in Your Town: Washington, Oct. 27

The Particulars

Instructors: Gus Faucher, director of
macroeconomics for Moody’s Economy.com;
Ezra Klein, Washington Post Wonkbook
blogger; Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica
computer-assisted reporting director;
Matt Apuzzo, AP investigative reporter; and
Russ Choma, reporter for Investigative
Reporting Workshop

Location: Mary Graydon Center,
Butler Boardroom (Third Floor)
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Hotels: Holiday Inn Georgetown
Telephone: 202-338-3120
Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion
Telephone: 202-362-9300
When making reservations at either hotel,
please ask for the “AU Negotiated Rate.”

Parking and Transit: The Nebraska
Parking Lot is available for attendees.
Attendees may also take the Shady
Grove leg of the Red Line to the
Tenleytown Station and click here for
American University shuttle directions.

Download PDF Directions to the
Mary Graydon Center at AU.

When: 8:30-4 p.m. Oct. 27

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

The workshop is the day before the
Online News Association Conference
Oct. 28-30 at the Marriott Renaissance
Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel

Did you miss our live sessions?

Check out archived recordings and materials at the self-guided training page.

You’ve seen them on the tube. Here’s your chance to learn from Gus Faucher, director of macroeconomics for Moody’s Economy.com, and Ezra Klein, author of The Washington Post’s Wonkbook blog, in person.

They will offer the basics of what’s up with the national and your local economy at a free, daylong workshop Oct. 27 in Washington.

They will be joined by Jennifer LaFleur, computer-assisted reporting director for ProPublica.org; Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter for The Associated Press; and Russ Choma, reporter for American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Ezra Klein

LaFleur, Apuzzo and Choma will clue you in to what local stories to do now on the federal economic stimulus.

Faucher, who helps run Moody’s Economy.com computer model of the U.S. economy, will offer an update on what’s next for it. He will also offer insights on what economic data to follow to track the recovery – or lack thereof – in your area, with special emphasis on the 300-mile radius surrounding Washington, D.C.

Learn how to create your own economic-data dashboard for your town. Find out which local economic statistics are worth following and what story ideas they might trigger.

AGENDA: “What’s Next for the Economy in Your Town”

8:30-9 a.m.: Continental breakfast and registration

9-9:10 a.m.: Introduction and welcome from Robin J. Phillips, Web M.E. for BusinessJournalism.org

Gus Faucher

9:10 a.m.-noon: Gus Faucher, director for macroeconomics for Moody’s Economy.com, “Where the National Economy is Headed and How to Track the Economic Recovery in Your Town”

Noon to 1 p.m.: Ezra Klein of The Washington Post’s Wonkbook, “The View from Washington,” a 30-minute talk with 30 minutes for questions. Box lunch provided.

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Jennifer LaFleur, CAR director for ProPublica.org, “Tracking the Federal Economic Stimulus in Your Town”

Matt Apuzzo

1:45 -2:30 p.m.: Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter for The Associated Press, “Five Local Stories to Do Now on the Federal Stimulus”

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45-4 p.m.: Russ Choma, reporter for American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, “Five Local Stories to Do Now on the Green Stimulus”


Gus Faucher is director of macroeconomics for Moody’s Economy.com. Gus edits the firm’s flagship Précis Macro publication, covering the U.S. economy. He covers U.S. fiscal, regulatory and monetary policy and is a frequent contributor to the U.S./Canada edition of Moody’s Dismal Scientist website. Speaking on the U.S. economic outlook,  he is a frequent guest on CNBC and the Fox Business Network. Gus was a senior economist for six years at the U.S. Treasury Department and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has an A.B. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in economics.

Ezra Klein writes the Wonkbook blog for The Washington Post “on economic policy, collapsing banks, cap-and-trade, health-care reform and pretty much anything else you can attach a chart to,” according to his Post bio. “His blog points to the hottest policy ideas on the Web and provides his own up-to-the-minute take. Before coming to The Post, he was an associate editor at the American Prospect. Klein has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and C-SPAN.

Russ Choma

Matt Apuzzo is an investigative reporter in The Associated Press’ Washington bureau. He was previously The AP’s legal affairs writer in Washington, where he covered the FBI investigations of Blackwater Worldwide, Ted Stevens and Scooter Libby. He spent three years with The AP in Connecticut, where he investigated corruption in state government.

Russ Choma is an investigative reporter who focuses on climate and energy issues, transportation and stimulus spending for American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, Nieman Watchdog and Grist.org.

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur is the computer-assisted reporting (CAR) director for the nonprofit news site, ProPublica.org, which has aggressively made information about the stimulus available to journalists and citizens. She was the CAR editor starting in 2003 for The Dallas Morning News, where she worked on the investigative team. She has directed CAR at the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was Investigative Reporters and Editor’s (IRE) first training director. She is the co-author of IRE’s “Mapping for Stories: A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide.”


Please do not register unless you are sincere about participating. Space is limited, and signing up and not participating deprives someone else of the opportunity.

Those who successfully complete three regional workshops or online seminars presented by the Reynolds Center are eligible to receive a “Circle of Achievement” certificate.

This free seminar is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the workshop or the center, please e-mail Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.

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