Partner Events



Visualizing the state & local economy

Hosted by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

Wednesday, June 12 from 2-4 p.m. in Texas G located on level 4

Rob Wells, professor at the University of Arkansas, presents a hands-on session that will show journalists how to retrieve and analyze regional GDP data and build basic maps with their findings. Journalists will learn to retrieve customized economic data for their own cities, counties or states and the steps to put it on a basic map and an interactive chart. Attendees will use Google Sheets and Tableau Public.


Lunch with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Hosted by the Knight Foundation

Thursday, June 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. in Hunter’s Creek located on level 3

Join us for lunch with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in the Knight Lounge in Hunter’s Creek.

Reporters Committee Legal Director Katie Townsend, Staff Attorney Adam Marshall and Communications Director Jenn Topper will showcase RCFP’s suite of resources to help you understand your legal rights and specific laws around public records and court access in various states. We’ll also introduce you to iFOIA, a free tool to manage your Freedom of Information requests, calendar your response and appeal deadlines, and collaborate with your team.

Resources we’ll demo:

Open Government Guide, Open Courts Compendium, Reporter’s Privilege Compendium, Covering Protests Tipsheet, FOIA Wiki

Stop in and learn about how you can use the Reporters Committee’s legal resources in your reporting. We’ll have special swag for anyone who comes by!  RSVP here.


Learn about a new opportunity for Climate Science Reporting in U.S. Coastal States

Hosted by the Pulitzer Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education

Thursday, June 13 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in Kingwood located on level 3

Come join us Thursday June 13, from 12:45-1:45 p.m. for a brown bag lunch as we provide details about a new collaborative reporting effort focused on climate science in U.S. coastal states. Representatives from the Pulitzer Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be on hand to answer questions from journalists and editors who may be interested in applying for funding and joining this news partnership. Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon for this lunch via this link. Those who RSVP early will receive a special invite to schedule a one-on-one pitch session at IRE with a Pulitzer Center staffer.


Helping the tech folks in your newsroom succeed. Discussion and Lunch with OpenNews

Hosted by the Knight Foundation

Friday, June 14 from 12:30-2 p.m. in Hunter’s Creek located on level 3

As an editor, manager, or newsroom leader, how do you support the technologists building the tools, designing the products, and analyzing the data for investigations in your newsroom? The folks in these role are part of a thriving network of “news nerds” across the U.S. (and beyond!), which we at OpenNews ( facilitate to share their work and learnings. We help make it easier for them to do their work of great, impactful journalism, while they also support their colleagues in leveling up tech skills and understanding what innovation is possible in journalism.

With a combination of technical expertise and journalistic grounding, news nerds often work across teams and departments, giving them a unique perspective on what’s going on in their organizations.

So let’s chat about the role of news nerds and technology in your newsroom! What kinds of questions do you have when it comes to the work of news nerds? What support do you need when it comes to technology and staffing? What would a news nerd need to do to move into a role like yours?

We’ve got some data and insights to share, plus some new ideas about how we can make your work with news nerds and technology easier. We need your perspective to make sure we’re actually helping to address the pain points you have. Come ready to share your own questions, challenges, ideas, and stories (both failures and successes can teach us so much about what to do next time!)

Oh, and since we’re journalists: yep, this includes a free lunch.

If you have any questions about this workshop, or want to make sure any topics are on the agenda, please reach out to Erika at OpenNews ([email protected]). RSVP here


How to apply for grants and fellowships

Hosted by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Pulitzer Center

Friday, June 14 from 1-2 p.m. in Kingwood located on level 3

Come join us Friday, June 14, from 1pm to 2pm for a brown bag lunch hosted by the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), in honor of its 50th year anniversary. FIJ teams up with the Pulitzer Center to give out tips for winning reporting grants. FIJ executive director Sandy Bergo and Steve Sapienza, senior strategist of collaborative news partnerships for the Pulitzer Center, will explain the nitty gritty of applying for grants and fellowships from both organizations, and will answer any and all questions. Grab carry-out from one of the vendors at the hotel, then join us for the one-hour session. We will provide drinks and desserts.


Lunch Session: Opportunity zones – Urban panaceas or gentrification-fuel for insiders?

Hosted by The Kresge Foundation

Friday, June 14 from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in Memorial located on level 3

About 8,000 Opportunity Zones have been designated by the states, pursuant to a little-noticed provision of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. Advocates say they will jump-start depressed areas, both urban and rural. Skeptics point out that the Zones provide generous capital gains tax breaks, yet  provide no disclosure or “strings attached,” such as affordable housing or local hiring. Meet writers who are digging into the back stories of who won zone designation, who is investing and how the zones are likely to play out.

Lunch provided, seating is limited. RSVP here

Moderator: Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First.
Speakers: David Kocieniewski, Bloomberg; Oscar Perry Abello, Next City; Sophie Quinton, Stateline; and Aaron Seybert, Kresge Foundation


Help design free tools for journalists to access public records. Discussion and afternoon tea with Legal Robot

Hosted by the Knight Foundation

Friday, June 14 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Hunter’s Creek located on level 3

Feed and re-caffeinate at this lively afternoon tea session where you and Legal Robot, a company that uses machine learning to analyze legal language, will design technology tools for public accountability investigative journalism. We will have a discussion about existing technology tools, OSINT, and public records as well as collaborate on new government transparency tools available to journalists, for free.

We’re looking for local, specialized beat, and generalist reporters, editors, and data journalists to help us design the tools journalists crave to drive tomorrow’s civic investigations. RSVP here


Raise your game: Columbia Journalism School meet-up

Hosted by the Columbia Journalism School

Friday, June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grotto Downtown, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Suite A, Houston, TX 77010 (across from the convention site)

Come learn about the cutting edge programs at the Columbia Journalism School, where we offer degrees in data journalism and specialized training in investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking. Meet up with other J-School alumni, and say hello to Ernest Sotomayor, Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Latin American Initiatives, Lisa Cohen, duPont-Columbia Award Director, and Maria Newman, Director of Alumni Relations.
RSVP here.