Show-and-tell with Sun Sentinel's Dana Williams and Rachel Schallom

We'll forgo our normal weekly hack in favor of a special show-and-tell with Sun Sentinel database editor Dana Williams and web designer Rachel Schallom. They'll discuss their latest projects, including a series on the failures of the Jimmy Ryce law in which they found hundreds of sexual predators were released to reoffend and a story about Sunrise cops luring people into the city with promises of cheap cocaine deals. They'll discuss how the investigative team collaborates to produce projects for the web, and they'll give us the scoop on their series on speeding cops that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Dana Williams is the assistant database editor at the Sun Sentinel, where she's been since 1999. She previously worked at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Pacific Daily News. Dana earned a bachelor's and a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri, and she's currently pursuing a master's in Computer Science.

Rachel Schallom is a web designer and developer for the Sun Sentinel, where she's been for just over a year. She has a bachelor's and a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. She's originally from St. Louis, and she's a huge fan of the Cardinals, Tigers, live music, traveling and sweet tea. Reach out to her on Twitter at @rschallom and check out her work at

We'll also have time to discuss your projects, of course!

Special thanks to FIU SJMC for providing a venue and support for our meetup!

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