2012 IRE Conference Blog

Sign up by June 5 for mentoring at the IRE Conference in San Antonio

The IRE Conference offers an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one coaching on investigative reporting. These private sessions allow attendees to seek advice on challenging stories or follow-up ideas. The deadline for the mentoring program has been extended. You must have registered for the conference and have signed up for a mentor by June 5.  

IRE pairs those who signed up with a mentor, and contact information is provided to both mentors and those who want to be mentored. Mentors and mentees can then agree on a time and place to meet at the conference.  

These sessions are not for job seekers ...

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Don't miss at IRE 2013: Breaking local stories with economic data

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free workshop from 2-5 p.m. on June 19 at the IRE Conference in San Antonio: Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data. Government data offer unparalleled opportunities to distinguish your reporting with trend stories about what’s happening in your local economy.

Especially this year, with the release of the every-five-year Economic Census, journalists will have a unique opportunity to track changes in their local community from 2007 — before the recession — to 2012. Instructors Paul Overberg of USA Today and Jeannine Aversa, late of The AP, now with ...

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Check out the IRE Conference schedule

The IRE Conference in San Antonio is quickly approaching.  We have posted the schedule today, please check back frequently as some sessions may need to move to a new date or time slot.  Speaker names will be posted soon.
Make your hotel reservations soon as the main hotel is close to capacity.  We have secured an overflow block of rooms at the Residence Inn which is just a few blocks away.  Details on making reservations can be found on our lodging and travel page.  Discounted airport shuttle transportation information has recently been added and can also be found on the ...
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Journalism and hacking: how to prevent it and how to cover it

The recent hacks of the Associated Press, CBS, and the Guardian’s Twitter accounts have raised questions about the vulnerability of newsrooms and the real world effects wrought by hackers. After continued attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army, Twitter recommended on April 29th that organizations should take precautions to prepare for further hacks. NPR was also hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. This year,  Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post also have reported being hacked.

So what can news organizations do to tighten up security? And how do journalists cover cybersecurity?

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Don't miss at IRE 2013: Connect with a book agent

Meet with a book agent at this year's IRE Conference in San Antonio. Learn how to pitch your material and meet with a book agent to share your work during the designated time slot. What else shouldn't you miss at IRE 2013? The list is long. Check it out ...

Don't miss at IRE 2013: Lawrence Wright of 'The Looming Tower'

Lawrence Wright, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Looming Tower" and the new book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief", will be at the 2013 IRE Conference, appearing on a panel and also playing with his band, the Who Do Band, at IRE's closing reception on Saturday night. What else is happening at the IRE Conference that you don't want to miss? Click here to find out ...

Award-winning journalists and live performances as IRE Conference returns to Texas

We hope you’ve already made plans to join us at San Antonio’s Riverwalk on June 20-23 at #IRE13 where for the first time in seven years, Investigative Reporters and Editors will bring its amazing annual conference back to Texas.  http://ire.org/conferences/ire-2013

The line-up already includes prominent Pulitzer-prize winners, like the bilingual bicultural team that brought you the Mexico Walmart investigation – Alejandra Xanic Van Bertrab and David Barstow, who published a joint investigation of corporate corruption in The New York Times. There will be legendary editors like Leonard Downie Jr. and ProPublica’s Steve Engelberg, as ...

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Make plans for the 2013 IRE Conference

Marcela Turati

Make your plans now to join us in San Antonio for the 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference.

Check out the list of panels and sessions -- this isn't everything, just a sampling of what you'll be able to dig into when we gather from June 20-23.

Keynote speaker Marcela Turati will detail the dangers journalists face in Mexico. We'll showcase sports investigations with help from Deadspin, The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins and more. And in dozens of panels and hands-on sessions, you'll be armed with the tools, tips and strategies you need to ...

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IRE Conference first-timer

By Mikel Schaefer
WVUE-TV New Orleans

Following the conclusion of the Boston IRE Conference, I felt compelled to share my experience as an IRE Conference first-timer, especially since I was a fairly rare species at the event. Unlike most attending the three-day conference, I was not an investigative reporter, but one of a handful of television news directors. Of the nearly 1,200 who attended, only several of us charged with running television news rooms were there. In these days of shrinking budgets, departments and employees, coupled with the increasing demand on our time, all I could think was I ...

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Dive in deep, swim to the top – tips on building your career

By Pamela Cyran 
@CyranStar

Graduating? Mid-career? These job-hunting tips from veteran reporters are for everyone in the business.

El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Manny Garcia was joined by Stephen Stock, KNTV-San Francisco, Sarah Cohen, Duke University, and Len Downie of the Washington Post, on “Building your career: A roundtable discussion.” The panel offered advice on how to get ahead in today’s evolving digital era of journalism. Here were some of their suggestions:

Connect and collaborate

  • “So far you’re doing the right thing,” Garcia said. “You’re at IRE.” 
  • Connect with people. “If you don’t, you have ruined ...
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