Solutions journalism + investigations

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Davis of Solutions Journalism Network; Susan Richardson of The Center for Public Integrity; Brent Walth of University of Oregon
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

What’s more powerful than a great investigation? A great investigation that also takes away excuses — by showing how others are doing better. A solutions component can add big impact and engagement to an investigative series. 

In this panel, investigative reporters will show how they bolstered their investigations of local wrongdoing by adding stories about other places doing better. And they’ll teach techniques for writing solutions stories with the same rigor and heft as the rest of the series.

This session was planned in collaboration with the Solutions Journalism Network.

Speaker Bios

  • Michael Davis oversees 11 southern states for Solutions Journalism Network. He wrote the New York Times Best Seller "Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street" and is a co-executive producer of the forthcoming  documentary film adapted from the book.  During the 1986-87 academic year he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. Over five decades as a senior news executive, he ran newsrooms at legacy print publications from Atlantic to Pacific.  Davidson, NC, is now home.

  • Susan Smith Richardson is the CEO of The Center for Public Integrity and former editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter. Follow her @susaneudora.

  • Brent Walth teaches investigative reporting at the University of Oregon Journalism and Communication. Before joiing the UO, he spent more than 30 years working as an editor, author, and investigative reporter, including for The Oregonian and Willamette Week. Among other honors, Brent has won the Gerald Loeb Award, was a 2008 IRE Award finalist, and at The Oregonian shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. 

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