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Lara Cooper

Data Journalist and Editor

Santa Barbara, California

Lara Cooper

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Students at Westmont College Call for More Dialogue on Gay Issues

With a swath of duct tape sealing her mouth shut, Westmont College senior Sara Reynolds made a statement earlier this month when she walked into a campus room where about 100 other students had gathered. A few others also wore the tape in solidarity with Reynolds, who is a gay student at the college.
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County On Hook for $510,000 in Annual Drug Costs for One New Jail Inmate

In the last few years, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has become accustomed to doing more with less. He’s now facing one of his biggest challenges yet, and it all started with an arrest. Noozhawk has learned that one County Jail inmate, arrested in February, may cost county taxpayers more than a half-million dollars — a year — for the prescription medications he needs to deal with a life-threatening condition.
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About

Lara Cooper

Need a journalist or editor? Here’s what you need to know about me.

EDITORIAL -

Most recently, I worked as a senior editor at Graphiq, a data visualization company that provides content to some of the world’s leading news publishers.

I edited hundreds of stories produced by our in-house team of a dozen reporters while guiding editorial direction and vision. Editing coverage of the 2016 election, sports and lifestyle articles were all part of my daily editing duties.

I provided a watchful eye for multiple story formats, correcting grammar and statistical errors in our articles, quizzes, slideshows, social media posts, video and visualizations before they were offered to publishing partners.

The syndicated content of my team brought in over 200 million page views a month, with our stories being adopted weekly by Hearst and Tribune Newswires, Sports Illustrated, MSN and Aol, among many others.

While working as senior editor, I helped create Graphiq’s own style guide and corrections policy and also helped develop success metrics for our publishing efforts. I also managed 10 freelance journalists, assigning story ideas, providing editing feedback and managing payroll.

I have extensive knowledge of AP Style and used my decade of newsroom experience to guide editorial decision-making and process.

DATA JOURNALISM -

My role at Graphiq reinforced my commitment to data journalism as a storytelling tool and medium. In addition to more traditional reporting tools, I am also comfortable working with data in Excel and SQL.

A firm believer in finding the right medium for the right story, I also have skills in HTML, CSS, Tableau, Timeline JS, Mapbox and other visualization programs.

REPORTING AND PHOTOJOURNALISM -

Prior to becoming an editor, I worked for almost 10 years as an award-winning reporter and photojournalist based in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2015, my photojournalism work on the Refugio Oil Spill was published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the UK Guardian and featured on CNN and Good Morning America.

I was one of the first journalists to respond to the scene, and my photos from the incident were run in publications and on broadcast news around the world.

Other stories of mine have focused on human trafficking, drought, prescription drug abuse and gaps in California's mental healthcare system.