Follow the Money: What’s Hiding In Your School District’s Spending?

56 minutes


So you’ve managed to get your hands on all the records your school district keeps about its budget and spending. Now what? How can you turn a giant data dump into a compelling story for your readers?

In this EWA webinar, you’ll hear how reporters at the Dallas Morning News used public records to create databases of district spending and budget information, and how they used those databases to uncover everything from fraud and mismanagement to cozy vendor-employee relationships to the misuse of federal grants.

Kent Fischer, a former DMN reporter who now works with the communications firm GMMB, gives tips and advice on how reporters can collect and organize spending records in ways that truly allow them to “follow the money.”

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