IRE 2013 JUNE 20-23 SAN ANTONIO
By Stanley Tromp, IRE member and independent journalist
If anyone thinks that investigative reporting is a sunset profession, this idea was obliterated for me after I attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ superlative conference in San Francisco in late June. There, some of the toughest and sharpest investigative reporters in the United States shared their skills, which reporters usually keep hidden, with remarkable generosity at more than 100 panels and workshops.
The speakers taught 1,600 delegates from around the world new ways to investigate the courts, organized crime, government surveillance, health care, college sports, immigration, whistleblowers, clean energy, religion ...Read more ...
Couldn't make it to all of the sessions on your IRE Conference wish list? We've got audio from nearly every panel and session. Full-length recordings are only available to IRE members. Some short audio clips will be made available to the public using Soundcloud.
To access conference audio, log in to IRE website and go to the IRE Conference schedule page. Find the session you'd like to listen to and click through to the landing page. If you don't remember the name or date of the session, try using the speakers page to look up a ...Read more ...
This post was originally published at Newsroom by the Bay
By Elijah Akhtarzad
The Investigative Reporters and Editors conference held at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco on June 27 included a first-hand account of the YanukovychLeaks discovery from journalists Olesya Ivanova and Denys Bigus. Both reporters were on the scene at Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s home immediately following his ouster from power and the discovery of thousands of hidden documents that were thrown into a nearby lake.
Ivanova and Bigus lived in Yanukovych’s home for more than seven days, reviving the wet documents that would reveal the ...Read more ...
By Chhaya Nene
Minorities will account for more than a third of U.S. households by 2025, according to a recent study. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, of the Los Angeles Times; Momo Chang, independent journalist; and Ravi Kapur of WRJK-Chicago shared their best strategies for covering emerging communities on a deadline.
After the session, Hennessy, Chang, and Kapur shared their tips for verifying the authenticity of a source and navigating reporting challenges. Watch the video embedded on the right.
Tips from the session
Four ways to stand out from the competition:
- Flee you neighborhood/comfort zone and visit places you would never ...
By Laura Rena Murray
Sally Lehrman of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Venise Wagner of San Francisco State University discussed reporting tools and strategies to better cover institutional inequity. Wagner and Lehrman began the session with personal tales.
Lehrman’s great-grandfather moved to Colorado to be cured of tuberculosis in a sanitarium – prevailing anti-Semitism of his time blamed the disease on weak genetics. Wagner’s grandfather had worked as a repairman mechanic for U.S. Steel and watched white immigrant colleagues he trained ascend the ranks while he stayed trapped in a low-level position. Wagner said his story ...Read more ...
By Chhaya Nene
These days the phrase “on a budget” applies to everyone, especially journalists. At the 2014 IRE Conference, veteran journalists Anna Hewson of KUSA/9News Denver, Joe Ellis of KXAN-Austin, Bryan Staples of WTVF-Nashville, and Steve Eckert of KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul shared their best-kept secrets for going undercover without blowing the newsroom budget.
After the session, Bryan Staples shared his tips on thrifty undercover reporting. Watch the video embedded on the right.
Here are a few tips from the session:
- Purse cameras ($10 at Goodwill)
- Button cameras ($149)
- Pinhole cameras (black and white camera ...
By Trisity Miller
Where there’s a college, there’s a story.
That was the theme of “Campus coverage: College sports,” a panel featuring Paula Lavigne, Jodi Upton, Jill Riepenhoff, and Brad Wolverton.
In recent years there have been several major stories involving college campuses, from the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State to the recent Jameis Winston rape allegations at Florida State. But wherever there are student athletes, panelists said, there are stories.
“Athletes at all schools have a particular talent of getting arrested,” said Paula Lavigne, an investigative and computer-assisted reporter at ESPN.
Lavigne cited several different locations ...Read more ...
By Emily Burns
Friday’s panel on mental health care reporting began with a video clip of the 60 Minutes episode, “Nowhere To Go.” The episode focused on mental health care for young people and featured an interview with Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed by his mentally ill son, Austin, who also took his own life. The day before the stabbing, Austin had gone to a hospital for mental health care, but was not admitted due to a shortage of beds.
Two producers of the episode, Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados, were on the panel ...Read more ...
By Danielle Kirsh
There are many Google tricks and methods that can make research much easier. Daniel Russell studies the way people search using Google. He offered a few tips for people who want to get the most out of their Google searches.
Search by image is a tool that allows you to search using a picture. Google will process that image and give you image results similar to your query. However, sometimes a picture is too ambiguous. To get more accurate results in an image search you have to include key terms along with the image ...Read more ...