Day two of the IRE Conference in San Antonio featured the event's showcase panel, "The Government's War on Leaks". IRE board member Leonard Downie Jr. moderated a panel featuring Michael Oreskes of the Associated Press, Lucy Dalglish of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, author James Bamford, and independent journalist Quinn Norton. The panelists discussed NSA data gathering, the Department of Justice surveillance of journalists. The discussion focused on the relationship between the government, journalists and their sources, how journalists can use secure communications and the role of journalists in protecting whistleblowers.
Friday also featured the Best of Broadcast and sessions devoted to coverage of various beats, including education, environment and business.
Sandra Esquivel, a producer with NBC 6 Miami WTVJ, attends the IRE mentorship program breakfast on Friday morning. The program connects members with similar interests for a at the very least, a breakfast, and perhaps, a lifelong friendship.
David Cay Johnston signs a copy of his book, "The Fine Print" for Stephen Braun of the Associated Press.
Manny Garcia of El Nuevo Herald speaks during a panel entitled "Investigating Political Shenanigans" in which he detailed a story about a politician that was double dipping his travel receipts.
Erica Proffer of KRGV-TV listens intently during a hands-on Excel class Friday morning.
A journalist from abroad takes his turn introducing himself during the International Luncheon on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the lunch is to celebrate and bring together journalists from outside the U.S. who traveled from afar to attend the conference.
Laura Frank, the Executive Director of I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS is interviewed by a Belgian documentary crew for a film about what the newspaper industry will look like in ten years. The documentary will be titled "Stop the Press".
Leonard Downie Jr, far right, moderates the showcase panel entitled "The government's war on leaks" with (l-r) Michael Oreskes of the Associated Press, Lucy Dalglish of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, author James Bamford and independent journalist Quinn Norton.
Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle listens during the showcase panel, which wrapped up Friday's presentations.