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IRE Preview: Seven sessions to be proposed, voted on and presented by attendees

How to propose, vote on sessions

Thursday (6/26) - Friday (6/27): Propose a panel online

Saturday (6/28), 7 a.m. - noon: Vote online for sessions you'd like to attend

Saturday, noon – IRE staff announces the winning sessions during the awards luncheon and posts information online

Saturday, 4:50-5:50 pm: – Winning sessions take place. Locations for each panel will be posted online.

Even with more than 150 sessions, we often hear from attendees who wish we'd had just one more session on a topic we missed; or that we'd been able to get this fantastic journalist who they met the night before to speak; or who lament the fact that an idea was brought up in one session that really should be given more time.

So this year, we saved some space in the program to try and rectify that. On Saturday afternoon, we've set aside five panel sessions and both hands-on rooms, and we're asking you to design the programming.

You'll be able to go online and propose a panel – topic and speakers. Your fellow attendees will vote for the sessions they want to see, and we'll hold the top vote-getters on Saturday afternoon.

Here's how it'll work:

Starting Thursday (June 26) at 9 a.m. and ending Friday night, pitch a panel (or two). Give enough detail so others will know what it'll be about, and let us know who'll speak (no more than 3 speakers and a moderator please; fewer is fine). If it's a hands-on session, it should be a skill that can be taught in an hour with software available on the computers or online. If you're including other speakers, make sure they're willing.

All Saturday morning, all attendees can vote for the sessions they like. You can vote for as many as you like.

We'll announce the top vote-getters at the awards luncheon and post them on the IRE website and at the registration desk.

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