Using scientific testing without having your story look like a lab report

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Barbara Laker of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Wendy Ruderman of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: Sugarland A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Using the award-winning "Toxic City: Sick Schools" reporting as a roadmap, we'll discuss how to turn scientific testing into compelling journalism, how to get community buy-in when gathering samples for testing and how to present the findings. You'll leave with a plan to test your school districts for environmental hazards.

Speaker Bios

  • Barbara Laker, who graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School, is an investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. With Wendy Ruderman, she won the Pulitzer in 2010 for their series, “Tainted Justice.” Ruderman and Laker co-authored the book “BUSTED" in 2014. Ruderman, Laker and Dylan Purcell were 2018 Pulitzer finalists for "Toxic City: Sick Schools," and won IRE's Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. @barbaralaker

  • Wendy Ruderman, 49, is an investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism in 1997 and won the 2010 Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting with colleague Barbara Laker for a series on police corruption. Their most recent series, "Toxic City: Sick Schools," was a Pulitzer finalist for local reporting and winner of IRE's Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.  @wendyruderman

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