About the event

Learn the skills to make you a better journalist and make plans now to attend this year's IRE Conference in San Francisco, June 26-29.  The conference begins Thursday morning and runs all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, sessions will end by noon on Sunday. 

The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

You'll leave with the knowledge, tools and tips you need to tackle important stories in your community.


Also at this year's conference

Keynote Speaker: Lowell Bergman, UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program

Lowell Bergman is a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism and the Director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he has taught investigative reporting for more than two decades. To learn more, click here.


IRE by Design: Seven sessions to be proposed, vote on by attendees

Even with more than 150 sessions, we often hear from attendees who wish we'd had just one more session on a topic we missed.So this year, we saved some space in the program to try and rectify that. On Saturday afternoon, we've set aside five panel sessions and both hands-on rooms, and we're asking you to design the programming.

You'll be able to go online and propose a panel – topic and speakers. Your fellow attendees will vote for the sessions they want to see, and we'll hold the top vote-getters on Saturday afternoon. For more information, click here.


Broadcast mentoring with Al Tompkins

Click here to sign up for one-on-one broadcast mentoring with Poynter’s Al Tompkins. Sessions will last 45 minutes and take place Thursday and Friday. Spots are limited. You can sign up and/or put your name on a waiting list.

Board of Directors elections and membership meeting

Plan to attend the annual membership meeting to hear from candidates for the Board of Directors on Saturday, June 28, at 6 p.m. Seven seats on the 13-member board are up for election this year. At the membership meeting, board candidates must be nominated and seconded from the floor by two other IRE members. For more information about the Board of Directors election, click here.


Mentoring Program

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.

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.

Registration for the 2014 IRE Mentoring Program is now closed. See the list of mentors here.


Night at the Ballpark

TICKETS FOR THIS ARE SOLD OUT.  If you pre-purchased tickets, they will be available beginning Wednesday, June 25 at the IRE Sales Desk.  Please bring photo ID.

 Grab your friends and enjoy a night cheering on the San Francisco Giants vs. the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, June 27. Game time is 7:15 p.m. at AT&T Park. 

For any questions, please email Stephanie Sinn, or call 901-286-7549.


Business Journalism Training

Free pre-conference workshop on June 25: Detecting Corporate Fraud - Tips from a Crook and a Sleuth

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free pre-conference workshop from 1:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. Attendees will learn the fundamental methods for inspecting public filings for corporate fraud. The information gained in this session will allow reporters to spot red flags in corporate disclosures and understand when to pursue a potential fraud investigation.

Instructors Roddy Boyd of the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation and Sam E. Antar, a convicted felon and CFO of Crazy Eddie, Inc., will take an afternoon to show you how securities fraud is done and how to unearth reams of libel-proof data and facts from corporate financial filings. 

Our goal is to pierce the very expensive veil companies erect so that your reporting is never again dependent upon Wall Street and corporate hacks.

Sign up for this free workshop.


Sign up for one-on-one FOIA help sessions

Need help with a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request? Wondering how the whole FOIA process works? Want to better understand an agency’s response to your request? Sign up for a short one-on-one session with a representative from the federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office. 

The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is a neutral office within the National Archives to which anyone — requester or federal agency — can come for assistance with the FOIA process. Kirsten B. Mitchell, a former journalist and current OGIS facilitator, will be available at the IRE Conferenceon Friday, June 27, from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sign up for a 20-minute session and, if applicable, bring copies of your FOIA request, the agency’s response letter, your appeal letter, and the agency’s final response. (Please note that OGIS does not give legal advice.)


Get hands-on training with Tableau and Caspio

On Thursday, June 26, Tableau Public and Caspio will be offering several hands-on training sessions.

To learn more and register, click here.


Sign up for office hours with legal experts at IRE15

Does your investigation involve complex legal questions? Maybe you're trying to access sealed court records, communicate with confidential sources or fight for public records.

We’ll have three opportunities for IRE Conference attendees to talk with legal experts in one-on-one or small group settings.  

  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will hold office hours Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can sign up online for a 15-minute session and get one-on-one advice from a RCFP representative. Katie Townsend, RCFP's Litigation Director; Hannah Bloch-Wehba, its Stanton Foundation Fellow; and Jenn Henrichsen ...
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IRE Preview: Turn data into stories with our new hands-on classes

While many of our hands-on classes still focus on using software, we recognize that it can be incredibly helpful for journalists to sit down with an expert guide to usher them through the process of turning data into a story. So we're offering something a little different this year at the IRE Conference in Philadelphia – courses that do this very thing.

We're calling the series of classes "Finding the story," and the idea is that these sessions will cover how to obtain important data sets, mine them for potential stories, expose shortcomings in the data and avoid common ...

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IRE Preview: Meet the first intelligence whistleblowers and the journalist who revealed their secrets

Watch the trailer for "1971"

Before Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Wikileaks, there was the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI.

In March 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of secret files and shared them with the public. The files revealed massive political surveillance by the FBI against activists in the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and every movement for rights, including the women’s and gay rights movements.

Despite an intense five-year search for the burglars, the group was never found. Most of them revealed their identities for the ...

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Get your tickets for IRE Night at the Ballpark

We will be doing an IRE Night at the Ballpark again on Friday, June 5. The game is at 7:05 p.m., and tickets are $26 a piece. They can be picked up at the IRE sales table beginning on Thursday, June 4. The seats are in section 105/106.  Discounted tickets will be sold until May 29.

Buy tickets online

Conference attendees can also save $10 on tickets purchased through the Phillies website. Use the coupon code REPORT when checking out. The code is good for games June 2-7.