Organizing a social event? Looking for something to do outside of conference sessions? You’re in the right place. 

IRE offers this forum as a service to attendees, but the organization is not responsible for these events. Please direct event-specific questions to the organizers listed below.



Please fill out this form telling us about your event. It can be as formal as a happy hour or bar crawl, or something informal like a running club or game night. We’ll review your information and add it to the list below.

If you have questions or need to modify information you’ve already submitted, please contact Sarah Hutchins at [email protected].




NICAR’s first 10 years of history and the Women of CAR

When: Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: Salon C-D

Contact: Brant Houston and Cheryl Phillips

Come celebrate NICAR’s first 10 years of history and the Women of CAR Thursday evening in Salon C-D at 7 p.m. What started as a dinner with a few women has grown so large that a reception is the best way to mingle and hear about our pioneers. Grab your drink ticket at the door.


MuckRock/DocumentCloud User Meetup

When: Saturday, March 9, from 1-2 pm

Where: Hotel Lobby

Contact: Michael Morisy, [email protected]

Like FOIA, documents, and newsroom open source? Come talk about the road maps for MuckRock, DocumentCloud, FOIA Machine, and Quackbot, or just let us know what you like/want to see improved. We’ll also have free MuckRock and DocumentCloud pins as thanks for stopping by!



When: Saturday, March 9, at 9 pm

Where: 752 St Clair St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Contact: Casey Miller, [email protected]

A meetup for LGBTQ+ identifying NICAR attendees and friends. The plan is to meet at Tin Lizzie ( at 9pm on Saturday, March 9th. It’s about a 15 min Uber/Lyft ride from the conference hotel. No need to RSVP, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions. You can find me on Twitter @caseymmiller. Hope to see y’all there!


Democracy’s AI: How journalists, technologists and the public can use AI and machine learning to keep us informed

When: Thursday, March 7, from 12 – 1:30 pm

Where: Laguna & Sunset

Contact: Djordje Padejski, [email protected]

Come have lunch with us at NICAR on Thursday, March 7 at noon and join the conversation about using AI to uncover patterns, connections and stories in terabytes of messy data – Democracy’s AI: How journalists, technologists and the public can use AI and machine learning to keep us informed (Rooms Laguna & Sunset at the Newport Marriott). We’ll have panelists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, MuckRock, Code for America, Temple University, and Stanford University:

  • Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director, ICIJ, JSK Fellow 2019, @MarinaWalkerG
  • Cori Zarek, principles and practices lead for Code for America, former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology officer and journalist @corizarek
  • Aron Pilhofer, James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University and founder of DocumentCloud, @pilhofer –
  • Michael Morisy, co-founder of MuckRock and JSK Fellow 2015, @morisy
  • Djordje Padejski, associate director, JSK Fellowships at Stanford, founder of FOIA Machine and JSK Fellow 2012, @djordjepadejski

Buffet style lunch will be served at noon, but the panel will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

We’ll have a limited number of seats, so RSVP here to reserve one


Collab-Data: Discussion on Working Together for Accountability Journalism

When: Thursday, March 7, from 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where: NICAR19 Room Laguna & Sunset, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Contact: Bethney Bonilla, [email protected]
There are about 18,000 police departments in the United States, but most accountability journalism focuses on only those in larger cities. And newsrooms have traditionally worked in silos to collect and analyze the data needed for these stories. Let’s change that.

There’s a lot to cover – traffic stops, use of force reports, officer disciplinary records, clearance rates, searches and seizures – are just of few potential data points. How can we join forces to collect this information on a large scale and standardize it so newsrooms across the country can work with it?

Big Local News has already begun on this effort by partnering with the Stanford Computational Policy Lab for the Stanford Open Policing Project, a database tracking state police traffic stops in 31 states. An update to the database will be released the week of NICAR. In addition to updated state data, local data on traffic stops in nearly 50 cities will be added. After the update, the database will contain detailed information on 200 million traffic stops.

Come join us in a discussion about how we can work together to expand on this and create a national collection of police data – not just traffic stops. Let’s brainstorm and work towards building a network of newsrooms dedicated to this cause at NICAR on Thursday, March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m in the Knight Lounge (Laguna & Sunset).

Sign up here:


Journalism: Can we fix this before it’s too late?

When: Thursday, March 7, from 2-3:30 PM

Where: Laguna & Sunset

Contact: Tyler Fisher, [email protected]

The Knight Foundation, Lenfest Institute and Facebook have joined together in an ambitious, multi-year project designed to help struggling local and regional news organizations before it’s too late. Come help us plan the path forward at this workshop and brainstorming session. Tea and snacks will be served.

Space is limited and we want to have tea and snacks for everyone, so please RSVP if you plan on attending:


Lunch Meetup/Networking

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday of conference

Where: In the lobby space outside the Starbucks/gift shop

Attending NICAR19 solo? Looking to meet new people? Participate in our lunch meetups. Here’s how it works: Meet in the hotel at 12:30 (exact location will be announced in Guidebook and updated here). An IRE staff member will break folks into groups and give you suggestions of places to go for lunch. After that, your small group can decide where to go and head out!


News Nerd Book Club

When: Saturday, March 9, from 12:45-2 p.m.

Where: Salon 1-2

Grab your lunch and join the News Nerd Book Club as they meet in person during the NICAR19 conference.


Beach Fire Pit Meetup

When: Friday, March 8, from 7-10 pm

Where: Corona Del Mar State Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Aaron Kessler & Hanna Sender, [email protected]

Come join us for an evening around one of the area’s famed fire pits on the beach for roasted marshmallows and good company. More details at