Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

She is the recipient of three national grants and several awards for investigative reporting, with work published in NPR, the Washington Post, and other outlets.

She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, including Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

In January 2023, her book “Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting” will be published by Routledge.

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Louisiana public defenders are underfunded, to the extent that a few offices closed up shop. One reason for the low funding is traffic diversion, a program prosecutors have utilized to divert money from the court system to their own budgets.

The counseling center at the University of Missouri received almost 100 reports of sex offenses one year, but the disciplinary office received two. A lack of communication, unclear policies and discouragement led to victims rarely taking their cases to authorities.

"Data" is a watchword now in the journalism field, but how can it be successfully integrated into newsrooms when staffs are already underfunded and overworked? Editors, publishers and CAR pioneers share their methods in this strategy study for the American Press Institute.

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Extensive experience in public records, documents, data and backgrounding. Special familiarity with court records and the criminal justice system. Comfortable with Excel, SQL, web scraping and a tiny bit of R.

Almost tens years of experience in training students and reporters in hands-on, easy-to-use tools for journalism. Frequent speaker for IRE/NICAR, American University and SPJ/Google News Initiative.

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