Backgrounding like a boss: Perfecting your 15-minute background check and why you should do it every time

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Kate Howard of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas G
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How are you sure that great source with the perfect quote isn't too good to be true? Even great reporters can get tricked by fake names or sketchy backgrounds. We'll walk through some websites and strategies you can use to create a routine and spot potential red flags before you get burned. This session is great for new reporters or anyone who wants to background people more thoroughly.

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Kate Howard is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit radio newsroom housed at WFPL News Louisville. She was a reporter at KyCIR for two years before becoming editor last summer. She was a newspaper reporter for 12 years, with stints at The Tennessean, The Florida Times-Union and the Omaha World-Herald. Howard is originally from Rhode Island. @JournoKateH

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