Whether it’s an analysis that forms the basis of an investigation or an interactive tool that helps readers explore an important issue, data is vital to the work we do every day.

Our most recent interactive database, The Lost & The Found, brings together data on missing people and unidentified bodies as part of Reveal’s Left for Dead investigation. The tool tracks federal data on more than 10,000 active cases of unidentified individuals and more than 11,000 missing persons reports.

Payday California is an interactive tool that gives readers access to public pay information for cities and counties across the state. It puts that information in context to the state and other communities.

Reveal’s reporting on the increase of earthquakes in Oklahoma included a powerful visualization of the quakes over time. A radio piece featured a unique take on the data – it sonified the earthquakes’ size by turning it into music.

Our pesticides app, which accompanied last year’s investigation into fumigants used on strawberry fields in California, allows users to see how much of certain chemicals have been sprayed near them.

The Center for Investigative Reporting has served as a test kitchen for journalism and technology over the years. Whether through our TechRaking events, which bring together journalists and technologists, or through our own reporting and collaborations, part of our mission is to dig through data and make it more accessible to everyone. In addition to featuring our projects, our new data page will serve as the home to blog posts and podcasts about our data work. Our data journalism will appear here, as well as throughout revealnews.org.

When it’s possible, we make data and programs available for others to use. We hope this page brings that information together so it’s easy to find.

Reveal’s data team is a talented group of journalists: Michael Corey, Joanna Lin, Emmanuel Martinez and Eric Sagara. We also are hosting Julia Smith, a Knight-Mozilla fellow, this year and hosted a Google fellow and Stanford Rebele digital journalism intern this summer.

Contact us at data@cironline.org.

Jennifer LaFleur can be reached at jlafleur@cironline.org. Follow her on Twitter: @j_la28.

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting until September, 2017. Jennifer LaFleur is senior editor for data journalism for Reveal. Previously, she was the director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica and has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. LaFleur is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.