Immigration Track: Finding the story: Immigration (intro)

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Silvia Foster-Frau of San Antonio Express-News; Lomi Kriel of Houston Chronicle
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: River Oaks A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The numbers surrounding immigration can be daunting and hard to track down. And then there’s the alphabet soup for the agencies arresting, detaining and deporting migrants and their children: CBP, ICE, DHS, EOIR, HHS, ORR.

In this session, we’ll break down those acronyms and explain who does what. We’ll show you where to find data, and how to interpret it. And then we’ll talk about how to use that data to get leads on local and national stories — and what to do when the government’s not providing you the numbers you need.

This session is good for: Anyone. No technical skills are needed for this workshop.

Speaker Bios

  • Silvia Foster-Frau covers immigration for the San Antonio Express-News. She won Texas AP Star Reporter of the Year in the biggest newspaper category for her work last year covering immigration and the Sutherland Springs community's recovery from the 5th deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. She has lived in Spain and in Mexico, was a Hearst Journalism Fellow from 2015-2017, and graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor's in English in 2015. @SilviaElenaFF

  • Lomi Kriel, the immigration reporter at the Houston Chronicle, was the first to uncover the separation of migrant families at the border in November 2017. She frequently reports from the border and previously was based in Central America for Reuters & covered criminal justice for the San Antonio Express-News. She holds a master of arts in journalism from Columbia University & is a Texas Longhorn. Born and raised in South Africa, she speaks Spanish and Afrikaans. @lomikriel

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