Best practices for student-pro investigative collaborations

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: David Armstrong of Georgia News Lab; Frank LoMonte of Brechner Center for Freedom of Information; Rafael Lorente of University of Maryland; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 16 at 11:30am
  • Location: Kingwood
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Real life lessons in how student and professional journalists can best work together to produce high-impact investigative stories. Helpful insights for students, pros, educators and potential funders.

Speaker Bios

  • David Armstrong is the director of The Georgia News Lab, an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. He is a veteran investigative reporter and editor. He served as bureau chief of the National Security News Service in Washington, D.C., and earlier as editor of the Texas Observer. He is the principal author of the book, “America and the Islamic Bomb: the deadly compromise,” an investigation of global nuclear trafficking networks. @GeorgiaNewsLab

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • Attorney Frank LoMonte teaches media law at the University of Florida, where he runs the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a think-tank focused on developing innovative solutions to make civically essential information more accessible and actionable. LoMonte spent nearly a decade as national director of the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C., and is a former investigative reporter and political columnist. @franklomonte

  • Rafael Lorente is associate dean and director of the Master’s Program at the University of Maryland. Previously, he served as director of the Capital News Service Washington, D.C., and Annapolis bureaus. Lorente is a former reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. As a reporter in Washington for the Sun-Sentinel, Lorente covered presidential elections, the attacks of Sept. 11, and U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. @proflorente

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