2:30 - 4:00 pmSaturday, September 17
Dean's Boardroom
Masterclass on How to Think Like a Journalist
Dean's Boardroom
Masterclass on How to Think Like a Journalist
Senior Reporter, ProPublica
During this class, ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein will talk about how journalists identify stories, find sources and use data to seek out trends. He will discuss how to find anecdotes that... Read more

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During this class, ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein will talk about how journalists identify stories, find sources and use data to seek out trends. He will discuss how to find anecdotes that resonate and which to avoid. This isn’t just a session for writers—it’s for those who want to get the attention of journalists too. Whether seeking information out about nursing homes, hospitals, doctors or drug companies, the ability to identify the topics to cover, the data you need and then analyze the data to find answers is complicated, time consuming but ultimately rewarding.

Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

In collaboration with Tracy Weber, Ornstein was a lead reporter on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times titled "The Troubles at King/Drew" hospital that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service in 2005. His ProPublica series, with Tracy Weber, "When Caregivers Harm: California's Unwatched Nurses" was a finalist for a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Ornstein reported for the Times starting in 2001, in the last five years largely in partnership with Weber. Earlier, Ornstein spent five years as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. He is a past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a former Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow.

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