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Changes, updates to the conference schedule

Changes and updates to the printed schedule are noted below. 

Schedule for Book Signings

  • Friday, 10:40 a.m.,  Diana Henriques  "The Wizard of Lies" 
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.,  Michael Grabell  "Money Well Spent? The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, The Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History"
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.,  Josh Meyer  "The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed"
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.,  Thomas Peele  "Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist"
  • Saturday, 10:40 a.m.,  Sam Sommers  "Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World" 

Signings will take place next to the IRE Sales Table on the 4th floor.

Complimentary wireless Internet
Complimentary wireless Internet is being offered throughout the meeting space during the IRE conference. Choose IRE2012 network. Click on “Connect to the Internet” by the Marriott logo on the web page. The code is “IRE”. In addition, attendees staying at the Boston Marriott Copley Place receive a discounted rate on Internet in their guest rooms.

Room change

  • Saturday sessions in Salon E will now be in St. Botolph on the 2nd floor. The membership meeting will still be held in Salon E at 6 p.m.


  • The name of Caitlin Ginley, Center for Public Integrity, was misspelled in the program.

New Exhibitor

  • Columbia Journalism School

Here are a few recent additions:

IRE Conference Focus Group
8 a.m., Saturday, June 16 in Suffolk

Please join us over a cup of coffee to discuss what attracted you to the conference and what you’d like to see in future years.

Advanced functions in Excel, hands-on on Saturday from 4:50 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. in Wellesley. It will be taught by Aaron Kessler, 100 Reporters.

Using public records to shine a light on the dark side of the healthcare crisis will be at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday in the Arlington-Berkley room.
Deadly drugs, fraud and systemic safety problems at major hospitals are just some of the issues reporters investigated and uncovered in the past year using public records. Learn about the public records (including databases) that can be used to find wrongdoing and the strategies to use them effectively to find and tell important stories.

Conference evaluations
New for the IRE conference – we will be sending out daily evaluations to gather your feedback on the sessions you attended that day.  Please take a moment to complete these evaluations, as they are important as we plan next year’s conference.  We will also send a full evaluation after the conference.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the evaluation.

Panel changes
Panels are listed correcly on the online schedule.  

Friday, June 15

  • The year in investigative reporting, originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m., has been moved to 3:25 p.m. in the Clarendon-Dartmouth.
  • Broadcast: The investigative newsroom has been moved to 8:30 a.m. in Salons A-B.
  • Janine Gibson, The Guardian US, will not be on the panel Building the digital newsroom at 2:15 p.m. Matt Wells, The Guardian US, has been added to the panel.
    Wells is the blogs and networks editor at The Guardian US, based in New York. He previously worked at the Edinburgh Evening News and the Scotsman. He joined The Guardian in 1999 as a reporter, became media correspondent in 2000, and edited Media Guardian from 2004 to 2007. As head of audio, he launched the podcast department in 2007.
  • John Branch, The New York Times, will not be on the panel Uncovering violence and abuse in sports.
  • Ellen Weiss, executive editor of the Center for Public Integrity, replaces Bill Buzenberg on the Paying for investigative journalism panel.
  • On the beat: Government has been moved to Saturday, at 9:40 a.m. in Salon E.
  • Guilty until proven innocent has been moved to Friday at 3:25 p.m. in Salon C-D.
  • Stuart Watson, WCNC-Charlotte, will be the moderator for What managers really want on Friday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Brian Peterson, Esri, will not be on the panel In-Depth data analysis at your fingertips: Esri community and business analyst. Brenda Wolfe, Esri, has been added to the panel.  
    Wolfe serves as product manager for Esri Community Analyst, where she is responsible for understanding customer needs and researching market requirements. She also works closely with software development and user interface design teams to prioritize requirements and ensure the software is meeting customers' needs. Prior to joining Esri in 2007, Wolfe was a product manager at SAS Institute, Inc., for eight years. There she was responsible for advancing SAS forecasting, econometrics, and demand planning software products.
  • Harvey Cashore, CBC, will replace Diana Swain, CBC, on the Investigating sacred cows panel at 3:25 p.m.  
  • Danielle Restivo, LinkedIn, replaces Krista Canfield, LinkedIn, on the LinkedIn session at 9:40 a.m.
    Restivo is a manager of corporate communications at LinkedIn. She brings over a decade of public relations and marketing communications experience to her role at LinkedIn, where she is responsible for overseeing all public relations activities for the Brazilian and Canadian marketplace. In her role, Restivo manages speaking engagements for LinkedIn, liaises daily with media and regularly trains journalists on using LinkedIn to find sources, story ideas and experts. Through public and media relations, Restivo helps educate members on how LinkedIn can make them more productive and successful.
  • Lindsay Markel, Schuster Institute, will replace Florence Graves, Schuster Institute, on Guilty until proven innocent at 3:25 p.m.
    Markel is assistant director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University which includes the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project (JBIP), a journalism-based project that was founded to investigate cases in which exoneration won’t hinge on DNA testing. The JBIP uses investigative reporting methods to re-investigate potential wrongful convictions from the ground up, and will publish its findings of flaws in the criminal justice system through print and broadcast.

Saturday, June 16

  • Sarah Moughty, “Frontline,” replaces Raney Aronson-Rath on the panel Managers: Managing the multimedia project on Saturday at 9:40 a.m.
    As senior digital producer, Moughty oversees the editorial and production of “Frontline’s” website. She has produced the websites of many of “Frontline’s” special projects, including “Law & Disorder,” which won the Online News Association's Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism; “Bush's War,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award for New Approaches to News and Documentaries, and “The Age of AIDS.”
  • On the beat: Government has been moved to Saturday at 9:40 a.m. in Salon E.
  • Guilty until proven innocent has been moved to Friday at 3:25 p.m. in Salon C-D.
  • Al Tompkins’ panel name has been changed to Let’s get critical.
  • Jo Becker, The New York Times will not be on The art of source development panel
  • Melissa Ludkte, Schuster Institute, will be joining Truthiness and investigative reporting at 10:50 a.m. 

Twitter/Student blog
Be sure to use #IRE12 during the conference.  Stop by the registration desk to see the tweets live on the announcement monitor along with live blogs from the conference.  The blog will be embedded on the main conference page, where you can also find the most up-to-date information on the conference. View an entire list of conference blog posts.

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