If you’re looking for my tutorials and conference presentations, please go here:
- Scraping without Programming (NICAR 2016)
- video tutorial available on NICAR-LEARN
- Five hacks to get started in data or tech (IRE 2016)
- Free Tools for Journalists (NICAR 2016)
- Hacking for Journalists (Mozfest 2015)
- Investigating student rights violations (IRE 2015)
- Getting data from the web (IRE 2015)
- How to Feel Like You’re Hacking (NICAR 2014)
- Campus coverage: Sexual assault and other crimes on campus (IRE 2014)
- Data visualization twitter chat (NABJ 2014)
If you’re looking for my latest work, please go to samanthasunne.contently.com.
Thanks. Keep being cool.
I’m enormously surprised and gratified by the impact of my story last month on sex offense reports at the University of Missouri. From the article’s syndication in the Associated Press, to the MU police department’s change in how it publicly address sex offenses, to my stint as a panelist on NPR, this story has garnered far more attention than any of my other investigations, and I’m still preening.
Hundreds of readers shared it on social media, making it the Missourian’s most-read story that month. I think that shows how much this issue – the lack of reports, and, subsequently, prosecutions, of sex offenses – touches a nerve and affects so many people. The most touching feedback came from a victim and a university official, who both told me how how my reporting elucidated problems they had personally experienced.
Besides the subject matter, this article was difficult due to the astonishing amount of pushback my editor and I received from university officials. I’m happy to say that after its publication, we’ve had no corrections or blowback from those officials. Thank you to everyone who read, commented, edited, supported, shared or critiqued!
These six court documents explain each side’s argument in the contentious Ryan Ferguson murder case. I’d suggest starting with Ferguson’s habeas corpus petition, filed in January 2013.
The MU Student Activity Fee, a required payment for all students, has increased by 52 percent in the past five years. In fall 2012, it will cost $164.88 per semester for undergraduates.