Master class: Leading an investigations team **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Leslie Eaton of The Marshall Project; Steve Riley of Houston Chronicle
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: Clear Lake
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Experienced editors will share practical tips on how they’ve run their teams to produce high-impact investigations and blockbuster projects — even when newsroom resources are tight. Leslie Eaton, senior editor of The Marshall Project, and Steve Riley, interim executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, will discuss how they became I-team leaders and detail how they helped their reporters excel.

Topics will include:

  • How to run a team to create the best work
  • Managing up: handling expectations from bosses (and avoiding drive-by editing)
  • Picking stories, producing packages, and bullet-proofing everything
  • The pros and cons of rolling investigations versus long-term projects
  • Maintaining relationships around the newsroom 
  • Managing your time and organizing the work

This class is ideal for reporters who are looking to break into leadership and existing editors who want tips on how to manage effectively.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

** This class is full. Add your name to the wait list. **


Speaker Bios

  • Leslie Eaton is senior editor of The Marshall Project. She was investigations editor of The Dallas Morning News from 2016 to 2018. As Texas bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, she helped edit the paper’s award-winning coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. From 1994 to 2008, Eaton was a reporter at The New York Times, where she worked for the business, metro and national desks. @lesliepeaton

  • Steve Riley is Executive Editor of the Houston Chronicle, and as of this writing, still doubles as the newsroom's investigations editor. He joined the Chronicle in 2017 after 31 years at The News & Observer in Raleigh. He has led projects that have won more than a dozen national awards, including the RFK Journalism Awards Grand Prize and ASNE for local accountability reporting. He has led projects that twice were a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. @srileychronicle

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