Reynolds Workshop at IRE: 10 Great Databases You Can Mine for Story Ideas

by April 28, 2016
Steve Doig

Steve Doig

Wondering where to obtain data for your business and investigative stories?

Find out at our pre-conference workshop for IRE attendees June 15, 2016, from 2-4 p.m.

Data journalist Steve Doig, the Knight Chair at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will demonstrate 10 data sources you may never have heard of that can lend rich context to your business and economic stories and spark meaningful investigations.

From ZIP code-level business patterns to foreign trade imports and exports to hospital data, Doig will walk you through seldom-used databases that hold treasures for reporters.

You’ll learn what’s in the data sets, how to get them, what you can pull from them, what questions to ask of the data and potential story ideas to develop — you’ll leave armed with new knowledge and fresh ideas.

This pre-conference workshop is produced by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Attendance is open to all IRE attendees. Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Sign up at

Featured image courtesy Christophe BENOIT, used under license CC BY 2.0.

Update: This workshop is now over, but you can view the presentation on Slideshare.