Matt Kiefer is the data editor for the Chicago Reporter, a non-profit that investigates issues of race, poverty and income inequality. He's also the creator of FOIAmail, an open-source framework for sending large-scale public records requests, and a member of the John S. Knight journalism fellowship class of 2020 at Stanford University.
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How 10 Newsrooms Built a Chicago Voter Guide, Together
The highly collaborative process behind our in-depth, interactive voter guide to Chicago’s historic 2019 electionPosted on
At the end of 2018, as Chicago faced a historic election with a wide-open mayoral race and all 50 city council seats on the ballot, a group of independent newsrooms decided to try something unprecedented with their election coverage: collaborate.
How The Chicago Reporter Made ‘Settling for Misconduct’
For hundreds of police lawsuits, we needed good data management, strong collaborations, and a bigger chart.Posted on
In researching Settling for Misconduct, we had to account for details from hundreds of county and federal court filings, identify thousands of officers named in civil complaints and tally hundreds of millions of dollars in monetary awards. We also needed thorough reporting to connect issues of police misconduct to fiscal accountability. And oh yeah – we had to have a slick web app to present the data to the public.