The Reporter’s Lab is a project of Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.
It’s technically called the Project for the Advancement of Public Affairs Reporting and is a home for techniques, tools and research to support a vital phase of journalism sometimes left behind by advances in publishing, information provision, social media and other technological innovations in news. The lab also serves as a vehicle for the computational journalism initiative at Duke, which aims to reduce the cost of original public affairs journalism. It was founded and is directed by Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist Sarah Cohen, Duke’s Knight Professor of the Practice.
Over time, the lab will serve as a think tank, research center, toolkit and hosting service to help reporters deal with the mundane but important parts of their jobs as watchdogs of public institutions and people. We expect to address problems like dealing with document dumps, audio and video records, the information diaspora, and records held in old-fashioned handwritten or new web-based forms. More details are available here.
- Philip Bennett, Duke University; managing editor, Frontline
- Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University; co-founder, HASTAC
- Stephen K. Doig, Knight Chair in journalism, Arizona State University
- Laura Frank, Executive Director, I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
- Justin Gehtland, co-founder, Relevance Inc.
- Mark Horvit, Executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors
- Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, Univ. of Illinois
- Mark Katches, Editorial director, Center for Investigative Reporting
- Tom Lee, Director, Sunlight Labs
- Andrew Lehren, Reporter, The New York Times
- Chuck Lewis, Executive editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop; American University
- T. Christian Miller, Reporter, ProPublica
- Aron Pilhofer, Editor of interactive news, The New York Times; co-founder, DocumentCloud
- Ryan Thornburg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, Google
- Matt Waite, co-founder, Hot Type Consulting LLC; University of Nebraska; lead developer, Politifact.com