Welcome to the third episode of the IRE Radio Podcast. We’re taking a cue from reporter Corey Johnson and calling this episode “True Believers.” This week we’ll be talking about how to find crucial sources and, more importantly, how to get them to talk.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Corey Johnson of The Center for Investigative Reporting talks about how he found “true believers” as he reported on unsafe schools for California Watch.
  • Michael Isikoff explains how he got whistleblower Thomas Tamm to talk for his 2008 Newsweek story.
  • Shawn Boburg of The Record in northern New Jersey discusses how he sourced his award-winning coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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