Searching for evidence of Trump’s personal giving
Sometimes great data journalism can be built on information that is not readily available — waiting to be scraped, leaked, hacked or released in response to a freedom of information request. Sometimes it must be built, line by line, through nothing plain, old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting. Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold contacted 400 charities in an attempt to verify claims from Donald Trump that he had given large sums to them. But this was shoe-leather reporting with a twist: throughout the process, Fahrenthold kept interacting with his Twitter followers, posting photos of hand-scrawled and annotated extracts in his reporter's pad. After a Herculean effort, he had found - surprise, surprise - just one donation that came from the U.S. president's own pocket. For his efforts, he won a Pulitzer.