Reporters’ Lab team
  • Sarah Cohen, founding director
  • Tyler Dukes, managing editor

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.

Advisory committee