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Day three of the IRE Conference, in pictures

Day three of the IRE Conference was jam-packed with the IRE Awards Luncheon, a full slate of sessions, the IRE membership meeting and Board of Director elections. Six members were elected to the board. 

During the IRE Awards luncheon, IRE member Andy Hall detailed the situation in Wisconsin, in which the state government attempted to kick a journalism nonprofit out of its headquarters at the University of Wisconsin. IRE unveiled the inaugural Golden Padlock Award, honoring a government agency for unrelenting commitment to undermining the public's right to know. The honor went to U.S. Border Patrol. Soon after, keynote speaker Marcela Turati revealed the true state of journalism in Mexico, where journalists fear not for their jobs but their lives. U.S. newspapers have cut their resources in border coverage and Mexican journalists face threats of torture and death for pursuing the truth.

Here's the busy and emotional day three of the IRE Conference, in pictures:

IRE 2013 attendees mill about in the sunlit lobby of the Mariott Rivercenter on Saturday morning.

 

Craig Cheatham demonstrates how to enact a "pick-and-roll" manuver with volunteers from the audience during his part of the panel, "Broadcast: 'The Get' - Asking the right person the right quetstions"  The maneuver involves positioning a cameraman in front of the shortest exit from the room -- without overtly blocking it -- in the aim of extending the time frame in which the reporter can ask questions during a moving interview.

The tipsheet table provides a way for conference attendees to glean information from the minds of the presenters, even if they didn't get a chance to hear their panel.

 

Lise Olsen, of the Houston-Chronicle, asks a question during a panel on entitled "High Stakes Narrative" on Saturday morning.

 

Twitter's Mark S. Luckie gave a talk on Saturday about using twitter to gather information.  "When reporting, the key is how you find the really great tweets, the diamonds in the rough," he said.

 

Dan Russel explains the finer points of how top use the ubiquitious search engine during his talk to a crowd that spilled out into the hallway entitled "Digging in with Google"  on Saturday morning.

 

An IRE Medal for CNN  sits on the awards table waiting to be handed out to the winners for their story "Benghazi: US Consulate Attack"

 

The Marriott Rivercenter staff sets up for the IRE Awards Luncheon, which had seating for more than a thousand attendees. 

 

Robert Cribb, of the Toronto Star unveils the Golden Padlock Award, held by Lea Thompson, of LT Productions, at the IRE awards luncheon on Saturday afternoon. This year's award went to U.S. Border Patrol for refusing to provide details on officer-involved shootings along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

IRE 2013 Awards ceremony keynote speaker, Marcela Turati, of Proceso, discussed the state of investigative journalism in Mexico during her speech on Saturday.

 

Marni Cordell, of newmatilda.com, listens with rapt attention while Marcela Turati speaks about her experiences on Saturday afternoon.

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