Storyboarding your investigation

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Samara Freemark of American Public Media; Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Patricia Wen of The Boston Globe
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Whether you use Post-Its, a white board, a spreadsheet or an old-fashioned yellow pad, keeping your head above a flood of information is crucial to your investigation’s success. This session will tap examples from the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and the “In the Dark” podcast for techniques to safely navigate the key phases of organization in any medium: managing material; pruning and pivoting; and visualizing the story.

Speaker Bios

  • Samara Freemark is the Co-Founder and Senior Producer of In the Dark, an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Twitter: @sfreemark

  • Amy Pyle is USA TODAY's National Investigations Editor, guiding multi-platform projects created by a team of reporters based across the country in collaboration with other teams, including reporters and editors around the Gannett Network. Previously, Amy was Editor in Chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helped launch the successful Reveal radio show/podcast and oversaw numerous award-winning projects. @amy_pyle

  • Patricia Wen took over as editor of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team two years ago. Her previous reporting work focused on social service, legal and medical issues. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times, including overseeing a Spotlight series on race issues in Boston that was named a 2018 finalist. A native of East Lansing, Michigan and a Harvard graduate, she previously worked at The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ and The Advocate in Stamford, CT. 

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