The art of confrontation

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Alanna Autler of KTVT-Dallas; Dave Boucher of The Dallas Morning News; Corey Johnson of Tampa Bay Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Aggressive, confrontational officials and other subjects of investigations pose special challenges for journalists. Learn key ways to prepare for a tough interview, whether it's scheduled or spontaneous. Get advice on effective preparation, as well as how to conduct and protect yourself during a hostile interview. Hear tips on handling confrontational interviews as a solo journalist and also when you're joined by a photographer or videographer.

Speaker Bios

  • Alanna Autler (@alanna_autler) is an award-winning investigative reporter for CBS DFW. In her current role, she focuses on helping consumers avoid predatory and unscrupulous business practices. Her work has earned four first-place awards from the Associated Press and five Emmy nominations. She previously worked at stations in Nashville, Tenn. and Charleston, W.Va.

  • Dave Boucher joined the investigative team at The Dallas Morning News in 2018 after four years as an investigative and political reporter at the Tennessean in Nashville. His work routinely appeared in USA TODAY, receiving local and national recognition. In addition to reporting stints in West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan, he is a graduate of Northwestern University. Twitter: @Dave_Boucher1

  • Corey Johnson is an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. His work has uncovered police corruption, coerced prison sterilizations, state regulatory failures, excessive governmental secrecy and university scandals. His efforts have won IRE's top prize, the Gold Medal, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and garnered many other state and national honors. @CoreyGJohnson

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