The first hours of breaking news

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Julie Bloom of The New York Times; Susan Carroll of Houston Chronicle; Sarah Knight of NPR; Tom Winter of NBC News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

When big news breaks, the investigator’s role is to dive head-first into the story behind the news story: How did this happen? How do we keep this from happening again? This session will offer tips and strategies for bringing an investigative edge to big breaking news stories, including how to develop a story in real time while using documents, databases, readers and innovative tools to own the story on air, in print and online.

Speaker Bios

  • Julie Bloom is a deputy editor on the national desk of The New York Times. She oversees coverage of California and parts of the West. She has also helped lead coverage of major breaking news stories, including the Las Vegas massacre, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2018. She joined The Times in 2007. Her twitter handle is @Julesm_b.

  • Susan Carroll is a reporter on the Houston Chronicle’s investigative team. She writes about vulnerable people, the environment and the failures of governments big and small. @_SusanCarroll

  • Sarah Knight is a researcher and taxonomist with the Research, Archives and Data Strategy team at National Public Radio. 

  • Tom Winter is an investigative reporter with a focus on law enforcement, counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, and cyber-crime for NBC News. Winter has been with the NBC News Investigative Unit since its inception in 2013 and has won several awards including two Edward R. Murrow awards and a national Emmy award. @Tom_Winter 

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