Management track: Directing high-stakes investigative projects

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Lois Norder of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Adam Playford of Tampa Bay Times; Mikel Schaefer of WVUE-New Orleans
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 16 at 10:15am
  • Location: Kingwood
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The targets can be powerful, the victims scared or flawed, the topics complex. How do you guide reporters around the land mines of investigative work to craft accurate, compelling stories? This panel will discuss strategies for getting sources to open up, creating processes to keep reporters on track and bullet-proofing stories where the legal risk is high.

Speaker Bios

  • As senior editor for investigations at the AJC, Norder led the team of investigative and computational journalists who in 2016 produced the Doctors & Sex Abuse project, which won several national investigative reporting awards and was a Pulitzer finalist. Previously, she was managing editor for news at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she was honored with a national editing award by the Dart Society. Previously, she worked as a journalist in Louisiana and Iowa.

  • Adam Playford is a deputy editor of the Tampa Bay Times. He runs the paper's investigative team and oversees watchdog reporting across the newsroom. @adamplayford

  • Mikel Schaefer's the News Director at WVUE-FOX 8 in New Orleans. His career began 35 years ago working the overnight shift. From there he became a sports producer, assignment editor, executive producer and assistant news director before taking over the news director position at FOX 8 in 2008. Schaefer's been part of teams honored with two Peabody's, three Columbia duPont's and multiple national Edward R. Murrow awards, including Overall Excellence in 2013 at FOX 8.

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