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2023 AccessFest

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October 12, 2023


October 14, 2023

AccessFest is IRE’s annual virtual-by-design conference. The two-and-a-half-day event will take place online, October 12-14, 2023.

The conference, previously branded as the DBEI Symposium, will expand on IRE’s efforts to provide more accessible training centered on belonging, equity, and inclusion in the newsroom and through better news coverage of inequities in the communities journalists serve.

AccessFest will also feature data classes and more traditional investigative reporting panels that are typically seen at NICAR, the data journalism conference, and the IRE Conference.

Registration Fees

You must be an IRE member through November 1 to attend the conference.

Professional, Academic, Associate, Retiree (you must be logged into your IRE account before trying to buy a ticket).

  • Early bird: $149 ends at September 14, 2023 at midnight (ET)
  • Regular: $199

A discount rate of $100 is available for those who are independent journalists or who would otherwise not be able to attend due to financial constraints.

To register at the discounted rate, click here.


  • Flat-rate: $50

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be sent via email to All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $50 processing fee for all cancellations until September 25. After that date, requests for refunds will be considered case by case. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Recording Notice

All IRE events are subject to being photographed, video/audio-recorded, screen captured and/or live-streamed. Attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors may be captured via these formats. All conference sessions, materials and activities are subject to recording by IRE and may be reproduced in part or whole, and distributed or used in any way consistent with IRE’s mission.


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