Management Track: How to launch a successful investigative unit

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post; Mark Albert of Hearst; Manuel Torres of The Times-Picayune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas C
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In an era of smaller newsrooms, investigative reporting is a team sport — but not all teams are created equal. We'll talk about how to put together efficient investigative teams, and how to organize their work to produce quick turns and long-term investigations. We’ll explain how to maximize exposure for your investigations by busting down silos within your media organization, crafting multi-platform strategies, and developing eye-popping digital elements that can build momentum before your story breaks and after it runs.

Speaker Bios

  • Mark is Chief National Investigative Correspondent for Hearst Television's National Investigative Unit, honored as part of a 2019 Walter Cronkite Award. Previously, Mark was a freelance correspondent at CBS News, where he did original reporting in the US and overseas. Mark's reporting has been recognized with a Peabody Award, National Headliners, National Press Club and Military Reporters & Editors Assoc honors, and more. He's based in Washington DC.

  • Ziva leads a team at The Washington Post focused on business investigations and enterprise. She previously worked as a senior editor at Reveal and spent more than 20 years at the Tulsa World, where she and Cary Aspinwall were 2015 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. That same year, they founded The Frontier, an independent investigative newsroom in Tulsa. Ziva is serving her third term as an IRE board member.

  • Manuel Torres manages the watchdog and coastal teams at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He was part of a team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Hurricane Katrina's coverage. He also led the news organization’s team for “Louisiana Purchased,” a multi-year investigation of money in politics in partnership with WVUE-TV. The project won an IRE Award, Peabody Award and two national Murrow Awards. He is at mtorres@nola.com and @1manueltorres

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