2017 IRE Conference

Reboot your skills, recharge your watchdog batteries and reconnect with the world’s largest network of investigative journalists during this year’s gathering in Phoenix. Choose from more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. Learn how to improve reporting and storytelling across all platforms. Celebrate the best of investigative reporting during our 2016 IRE Awards luncheon. Be inspired by luncheon keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine. Mix and mingle with the best in the business. Learn. Share. Connect. All at #IRE17, which opens at 9 a.m.Thursday, June 22, and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

For additional details, please visit the conference page.

Time and place

Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017 - Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge
5350 East Marriott Dr
Phoenix, Arizona 85054


Registration information

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Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, Jun. 25 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    (More than) 10 data sources you may never have heard of (Hosted by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism)

    Speaker: Steve Doig of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    Data journalist Stephen Doig, professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who served as the longtime Knight Chair in Journalism at Cronkite, presents “(More Than) 10 Data Sources You May Never Have Heard Of.” This pre-conference workshop, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, will be held on Wednesday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m.

    Rich business and financial databases are everywhere, and smart reporters on almost any beat will find these useful. From ZIP code-level business patterns and foreign trade imports to property tax rolls and professional licenses, Doig will walk you through seldom-used databases that hold treasures for reporters. You’ll learn what’s in the data sets, how to get them, what you can pull from them, what questions to ask of the data and story ideas that could be developed. You’ll leave armed with new knowledge and fresh ideas. Doig’s original “10 Data Sources” presentation at IRE 2016 drew a capacity crowd.

    Reserve your space in this workshop here.

    Grand Sonoran F

    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    East registration desk

    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Conference Sales (Wednesday)

    Stop by the IRE Conference sales table and browse our merchandise, including the IRE bookstore's most popular titles and shirts.

    Grand Sonoran F Foyer

    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    East registration desk

    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Conference Sales (Thursday)

    Stop by the IRE Conference sales table and browse our merchandise, including the IRE bookstore's most popular titles and shirts.

    Grand Sonoran F Foyer

    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Map camp: QGIS *pre-registration required

    Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR

    Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp.

    Our trainers will teach you how to use QGIS, a powerful, free and open-source GIS software that runs on a Mac or a PC. QGIS can be used in your news organization’s workflow to create maps for print, online and broadcast. You will learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; and geocode addresses to merge databases with maps. 

    In addition, we’ll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

    Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

    Workshop prerequisites: Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access, MySQL or SQLite.

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Pinnacle Peak 3

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Best of broadcast (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Jon Turnipseed of WVUE-New Orleans; Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans

    Watch and listen as the photographers, editors, reporters and producers behind this year’s IRE Award winners and finalists explain how they did it, what they would do differently and what they were really thinking when things got hard.

    Grand Sonoran G

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    Excel 1: Getting started with spreadsheets

    Speaker: Aimee Edmondson of Ohio University

    In this introduction to spreadsheets you'll begin analyzing data with Excel, a simple but powerful tool. You'll learn how to enter data, sort it, filter it and conduct simple calculations like sum, average and median.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Outside Event

    Foyer - 1st floor meeting space

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Special Event

    Exhibitors & Recruiters (Thursday)

    Stop by and visit with exhibitors and recruiters during the 2017 IRE Conference.  A list of those attending is here.

    Grand Canyon Foyer

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Following the money (Sponsored by Bloomberg)

    Speakers: Alexandra Berzon of The Wall Street Journal; Ashley Balcerzak of Bergen Record; David Heath of The Information

    Often, the key to cracking open a story is to track down the money behind the decisions. This panel will look at how to map out business empires, teach you money-in-politics tricks and reveal how industry can use its influence to direct policy and even public opinion.

     

    Grand Canyon 7

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

    Speaker: Ben Jones of Tableau Software

    Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You'll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video. We'll teach you how to:

    • Connect to Excel files and other data
    • Create maps and charts
    • Make them interactive
    • Publish them on your site

    Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Panel

    Investigating the tech industry

    Speakers: Marcus Baram of Fast Company; Christina Farr of CNBC; Yunan Zhang of The Information

    **Moderated by Marcus Baram, Fast Company

    The giant companies at the heart of the digital economy - Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google - play an increasingly outsized role in our life and society, spurring an increase in coverage of the sector. But reporting on Silicon Valley can be uniquely challenging, from dealing with a secretive corporate culture to understanding complex technological developments. This panel will address these issues, with reporters discussing how they have managed to develop sources and break important stories.

     

    Grand Canyon 8

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Prisons and jails (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists)

    Speakers: Amy Brittain of The Washington Post; Paige St. John of Los Angeles Times; Ted Gest of Criminal Justice Journalists; Magnus Lofstrom of Public Policy Institute of California

    **Moderated by Ted Gest, Criminal Justice Journalists

    An expert and journalists who cover prison issues will tell you how to evaluate criminal justice "reforms." How can you obtain usable data and find information on a range of cases to interest readers and viewers? And how can you tell your audience whether a fix to the system is effective and protecting the public? We’ll talk about examples across the country, from California's answer to prison crowding to Washington, D.C.'s "second chance" law for youth.

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Thursday #1 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Patti Dennis of TEGNA Inc.

    **Moderated by Patti Dennis, TEGNA Inc.

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Thursday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Sourcing people of color: Going beyond the community leader (Sponsored by NABJ Region III)

    Speakers: Manny Garcia of USA TODAY Network; Diego Santiago of Telemundo; Maria Polletta of The Arizona Republic; Warren Trent of KTVK Phoenix

    In this session, we’ll discuss and exchange ideas about the delicate yet important manner in which investigative journalists -- and media in general -- interact and deal with issues pertaining to the growing minority community.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    The person on the other end of the phone: Working with corporate communicators during a crisis

    Speakers: Seth Lubove of Sitrick and Company; Mark Hass of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    **Moderated by Mark Hass, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    Strategic communicators are key players when an organization is facing a crisis. What are the best techniques to have a working relationship with these professionals? What guidelines and principles are framing their work? This session is designed to help reporters understand the demands on strategic communicators during a crisis and how to work with them effectively.

    Grand Canyon 6

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Welcome first-timers: Get a button and conference tips

    Speakers: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR; Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Welcome to the conference! Get a special button for first-time attendees and hear from IRE staff about tips and tactics to navigate our conference like a pro. Also, you'll learn about key resources that IRE offers once you're back home.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Demo

    What's up with LinkedIn?: Navigating the latest changes (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Jim Oberman of The Wall Street Journal

    Have you been frustrated with the recent changes to LinkedIn Premium and the removal of the “past not current” filter? Come discuss the recent changes and learn about workarounds to get what you need. Hear what LinkedIn is telling us about the reasons the filter was removed and what’s up next for the platform. We'll demo some cool apps to use in conjunction with LinkedIn to help find emails and phone numbers.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Arizona Project Legacy: Protecting journalists from new threats

    Speakers: Mark Monday of independent journalist; Tom Liffiton of The Research School

    Journalists face a myriad of threats as they pursue truth in dangerous places with dangerous people. Protecting information and sources -- as well as yourself -- can be complicated, and a journalist must think like a spymaster. We will examine cases from journalism, business espionage and the world of counterintelligence to identify some best practices.

    Grand Canyon 7

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Broadcast: State of the state (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Sandy Breland of Gray Television; Ellen Crooke of TEGNA Inc.; Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Kevin Keeshan of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations; Sean McLaughlin of The E.W. Scripps Company

    **Moderated by Mark Greenblatt, Scripps Washington Bureau

    “State of the State” is a first-of-its-kind, can’t-miss panel that gathers senior executives from four of the nation’s top broadcasting and digital news companies to discuss the current and future state of investigative reporting in America. You will get a chance to hear what makes their companies unique with respect to investigative reporting. There will be plenty of time for a moderated Q&A and audience questions. 

    Grand Sonoran G

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging into nonprofits

    Speakers: Susan Batt of WTHR-Indianapolis; Brad Racino of inewsource; Katie Rusnock Coughlin of Charity Navigator

    There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits spread across the U.S., including public charities, private foundations and other types such as chambers of commerce. These organizations are involved in a variety of industries including education, government, the environment, health and any other topic a typical reporter may cover in their day-to-day beat. Most nonprofits are required to file detailed statements — called 990s — that publicly disclose a large amount of information about the organization. 

    This session is designed to provide both novice and expert reporters with tips, strategies and context for navigating the world of nonprofits. 
     
    Panelists will:
    *Explain the scope of nonprofit investigations (what type of organizations you can look into on each major beat)
    *Give an overview of how nonprofits work and are held accountable across the country
    *Explain how to make sense of nonprofit paperwork and find the stories (or fraud) within.
     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Examining hospitals: From finances to lawsuits (Sponsored by Bloomberg)

    Speakers: Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Karen Bouffard of The Detroit News

    This session will show you what documents to obtain to investigate public and private hospitals, including Medicare and accreditation data, 990s, and inspection records. Panelists also will  offer tips on how to find stories in the data.

    Grand Canyon 8

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Excel 2: Functions and pivot tables

    Speaker: Nick Penzenstadler of USA TODAY Network

    In this class you’ll learn some snappy functions to help you ask questions of your data in Excel in minutes rather than hours. We’ll focus on when and how to use functions, calculate rates and change and then use the power of pivot tables to ask questions like “Which groups have most?” or “How often does this happen?”

    Prerequisites: This class will be helpful if you’ve taken Excel 1 or have worked with spreadsheets. We’ll assume you can load data into Excel and get it relatively clean.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Investigating inequality (Sponsored by Ida B. Wells Society)

    Speakers: Ron Nixon of The Associated Press; Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine

    Learn about useful datasets, documents and reporting tips for covering racial disparities and discrimination in housing, education and law enforcement, among other things.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: How to enter the IRE Awards

    Speakers: Lauren Grandestaff of IRE and NICAR; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV

    Learn how to make your IRE Awards entry stand out from the pack with tips from IRE's contest manager and contest committee chair. We’ll talk about what to highlight to make your entry shine, what you should and shouldn't include, and best practices for filling out that pesky (but useful!) questionnaire.

    IRE Commons

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Mastering the investigative interview

    Speaker: Julian Sher of Investigative Journalist

    We've all done it -- blown a key interview or missed a vital question. We do them every day, often without thinking. Maybe that’s the problem: Even as pros, we make basic mistakes in interviews because we’re not thinking strategically and tactically. Politicians, businesspeople and PR flacks are experts at jumping on the smallest opening we give them, the tiniest mistake in formulating a question. It’s not just about getting the facts. It’s also about how to dramatically rethink the way you approach interviews, master the basic rules of tough interviews, and then learn how to break them when needed.

    Grand Canyon 6

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Demo

    Setting PDF data free with Cometdocs (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Reena Cruz of Cometdocs

    This demo session takes a look at Cometdocs.com, the PDF conversion service. We’ll take a look at the online, mobile and desktop platforms of the service with a focus on best practices, from basic workarounds to efficient PDF conversion tips. Our aim for this session is to help IRE members get the most out of their subscription account and the conversion service. Monthly subscription accounts are available for free to all IRE members as part of their membership; however, it is not mandatory to have one to attend and follow along with the demo.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Thursday #2 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Lana Durban Scott of WRTV-Indianapolis

    **Moderated by Lana Durban Scott, The E.W. Scripps Co.

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes. 

    Reserve a slot online: Thursday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Year in investigations

    Speakers: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Pick up some story ideas and be inspired with the highlights of some of the year's best investigations.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Show where the story is happening with maps in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

    Speaker: Jenny Richards of Tableau Software

    Maps are where it’s at, and with the addition of spatial file support you can viz outside the box too. In this session you will learn different methods for building maps in Tableau Public. We will teach you how to:

    • Determine what kind of mapping data you’re looking at
    • Take advantage of spatial file support in Tableau Public
    • Beautify maps with built-in and Mapbox-supported backgrounds
    • Integrate maps into your dashboards
    • Utilize design and layout best practices to make sure that your visualization looks polished and professional

    Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. Some familiarity with the product is recommended; a beginner session earlier in the day should prepare you enough for this session. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Battling FERPA and cracking campus secrecy

    Speakers: Paula Lavigne of ESPN; Frank LoMonte of Brechner Center for Freedom of Information; Michael Vasquez of The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The session will discuss some of the methods colleges and universities use to withhold information about students, student athletes, criminal activity, business contracts, finances and other aspects of higher education, including the oft-cited FERPA student privacy law. It will address the differences in access between public and private institutions. And it will offer tools and ideas on how to use your sources, public records laws and other resources to get the information, documents and data you need.

    Grand Canyon 6

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Deep dive I (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Eric Flack of WUSA9 Washington; Brian Ross of Brian Ross Investigates; Rhonda Schwartz of Brian Ross Investigates; Stephen Stock of NBC Bay Area

    Award-winning investigative journalists explain how they produced big projects for broadcast and online. Journalists will show their investigations and take you through them step-by-step, from story tip to finished product.

    Grand Sonoran G

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Excel 3: Advanced tools

    Speaker: Danielle Cervantes of InquireFirst

    Whether you want to broaden your existing Excel skills or practice what you just learned in Excel 2, we'll show you how to employ advanced functions and construct more sophisticated pivot tables to boost your analysis and reporting. This session will feature federal contracting data for the state of Arizona in FY 2016.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Ask a nerd - Answers to your questions about all the things

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    Confused by CAR? Puzzled by Python? Jarred by JSON? Flummoxed by, uh, FORTRAN? This is your chance to ask a nerd! There are no dumb questions. If we don't know the answer, we'll hook you up with someone who can (or consult our good friend Stack O. Verflow).

    IRE Commons

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Leaks, leakers and the law

    Speakers: Sarah N Lynch of Reuters; Amanda Kane of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Karen Williams of Cozen O'Connor; Ian MacDougall of The New York Times

    **Moderated by Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters

    Authentic, reliable non-public information is at the heart of true investigative reporting. Whether sourced from a corporate whistleblower, a government employee exposing corruption, or the nosey neighbor of an elected official – all leaks collide with the law in ways that can place the journalist and their source in serious jeopardy. This panel will focus on how to effectively navigate the legal risks that attend leaks and leakers, including handling of leaked documents, publication of confidential personal information, protective measures that may be taken when faced with government or corporate leak investigations, grand jury leaks and the special risks associated with leaks of classified information. The three panel members will bring their unique experience and perspectives on leaks and the law – from the federal government, international media and major corporate legal practice – to this lively discussion about a subject that is likely to make a great deal of news in the next four years.

    Grand Canyon 7

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Management: Why won't you just do what I want? Fixing the reporter-editor relationship

    Speakers: Andrew Donohue of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Lynn Walsh of Trusting News project; Alison Young of Missouri School of Journalism; Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    **Moderated by Mark Horvit, University of Missouri

    So, you don't get along with your editor.

    So, you simply can't get that reporter to DO WHAT YOU WANT.

    Relax. Our panel of veterans from both sides of the equation will help you with tips, suggestions and strategies to manage up, manage down, and generally make the whole process work. (At least, most of the time).

     

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Demo

    Research Oasis (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Barbara Gray of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Gary Price of INFOdocket

    Replenish your thirsty research skills at the Research Oasis, where Barbara Gray from CUNY J-School and Gary Price from Library Journal's INFOdocket, offer up the the latest methods and machines for all things investigative research.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Storytelling that hums: What investigative reporters can learn from song, film, fiction & art

    Speakers: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica; Louise Kiernan of ProPublica Illinois

    Ways to enhance our writing can be found all around us – in the films we watch, the fiction we read, the podcast sagas we lose our weekends to, the song lyrics we know by heart, the images that catch our eye. Storytelling is an art with many a master. We’ll look at what we can learn from the likes of Dolly Parton, Colson Whitehead, Jennifer Egan, Patty Griffin, Johnny Cash, Cormac McCarthy, Kerry James Marshall, Taryn Simon, Errol Morris, Ira Glass …

    Grand Canyon 8

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    When mental health and criminal justice collide

    Speakers: Josh Hinkle of KXAN/NBC Austin; Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times; Eric Wieffering of Star Tribune

    This session examines the overwhelming number of mental health-related cases surrounding police shootings and violence against law enforcement. Panelists will show you how to find evidence and data on this private topic and discuss how to overcome challenges when it comes to reporting on such a sensitive issue.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Winners announcement: Knight prototype call for ideas to improve the flow of accurate information (Hosted by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Bill Adair of Duke University; Jennifer Preston of Knight Foundation; Jonathan Kartt of Rita Allen Foundation; Scott Klein of ProPublica; Josh Stearns of Democracy Fund; Amanda Zamora of The Texas Tribune; John Bracken of Knight Foundation

    Join Knight Foundation as we, with Democracy Fund, and Rita Allen Foundation, announce the winners of the prototype call for ideas to improve the flow of accurate information.

    Following the announcement Jennifer Preston, VP/Journalism at the Knight Foundation will moderate a panel with Bill Adair, Politifact, Amanda Zamora,Texas Tribune and Scott Klein, ProPublica to discuss the ideas and themes that emerged from the open call, why they are excited about the winning projects, and what they see as trends in the industry.

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Finding and telling data stories with Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

    Speaker: Ben Jones of Tableau Software

    Got a dataset and an impending deadline to write a story on it? Find the scoop and convey it with beautiful, interactive visualizations in a serial narrative using Tableau Public. It’s a fast, easy to use, and free tool for journalists. Visualizations will publish using any CMS and no programming is required.

    We’ll teach you how to:

    • Connect to Excel files and other file types
    • Rapidly explore and analyze datasets with ease
    • Make eye-catching visualizations to share your findings
    • Add interactivity and arrange them in a serial narrative to engage and sustain your audience’s attention

    No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to attend. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • IRE Board of Directors Meeting

    IRE Board of Directors meeting

    The IRE Board of Directors will meet on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in Wildflower A, as part of the annual conference. The meeting is open to all IRE members.

    Wildflower A

    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Best fact-checking practices

    Speakers: Neil Brown of Tampa Bay Times; Derek Kravitz of ProPublica; Amalie Nash of USA TODAY Network; Farhad Souzanchi of Majlis Monitor

    **Moderated by Amalie Nash, USA TODAY Network

     

    In a world filled with misinformation, the hunger has never been greater for verifiable sources that can quickly sort facts from fiction. This panel will explore the world of journalistic fact-checking, including how it has changed since the election and its role in the #FakeNews era.

     

    Grand Canyon 6

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Investigating in breaking news (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Aaron Diamant of WSB-Atlanta; Chuck Goudie of ABC7 Chicago; Megan Christie of ABC News

    In an era when “breaking” seems to have lost its meaning, how can you distinguish your reporting as stories unfold? While the newsroom is covering the news, what can you do to dig deeper, get it right and get it on TV? Our speakers have years of experience doing just that.

    Grand Sonoran G

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Data on deadline

    Speakers: Ronald Campbell of NBC Owned Television Stations; Angela Caputo of APM Reports; Andrew Tran of The Washington Post

    Whether you’re covering the indictment of a prominent businessman or scrambling on Election Night, you’ve got to be prepared for surprises. We’ll show you how to find authoritative data in a heartbeat, both from databases you’ve already collected and from online sources. We’ll also describe a strategy you can use again and again for putting data in your stories every day.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating hate (Sponsored by Mother Jones, New America Media and ProPublica)

    Speakers: AC Thompson of ProPublica; Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones; Carlos Martinez de la Serna of Univision; Leslie Layton of ChicoSol

    **Moderated by AC Thompson, ProPublica

    In 2016, we saw a rise of extremist groups and their leaders into the mainstream. Hear from investigative journalists and ethnic media reporters who navigate this web of hate from both sides. We’ll focus on how reporters are tracking this movement by digging deep to get the interviews and creating a national database of hate crimes and acts of bias as reported by people in targeted communities.

    Grand Canyon 7

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Let's file one ambitious FOIA together

    Speaker: Chris Glorioso of WNBC New York City

    Let’s come together to conceive of one ambitious FOIA idea and pledge to spend the next year working together to pry the information free. In the first half of the session we’ll do rapid-fire FOIA pitches. Tell the group why your idea is worth an epic collective battle to free the files. We'll vote on which FOIA to pursue and assign sub-groups to fight for the information. For example, some of us can write drafts of the FOIA. Others can line up legal help to fight FOIA denials in court. Others can make follow-up calls, etc.

    The goal: By the 2018 IRE Conference we will have a trove of information to help us execute stories tailored to our own shops/markets.

     

    IRE Commons

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Management: How to create a watchdog culture that permeates every desk in your newsroom

    Speakers: Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Mikel Schaefer of WVUE-New Orleans; Letitia Walker of KATC-Lafayette

    Amid the increasingly crowded news environment, investigative and watchdog reporting is the thing that distinguishes your news organization. But how do you do it when everyone is swamped? We’ll offer tips and discuss how to spread the watchdog spirit and skills to every corner of your newsroom and cover what kinds of resources and leadership are most helpful.

     

     

    Grand Canyon 8

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Predator and prey: Investigating child exploitation and sex trafficking in your community

    Speakers: Robert Cribb of Toronto Star; Brooke Shannon of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Konstance Smith of Phoenix Dream Center

    It is among the darkest issues a journalist can cover -- the abuse of children and the enslavement and trafficking of people in the sex trade. It's often a treacherous world for a journalist to enter and can be even more difficult to navigate once inside. This panel explores the delicate sensitivities covering some of the most vulnerable and exploited victims in society, the challenges of holding their perpetrators to account and the systems in place that allow it all to flourish. 

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Scraping without programming

    Speaker: Samantha Sunne of independent journalist

    Scraping is a technical word for a traditional idea: getting ahold of information, whether your sources want you to or not. In this case, the information is data and the sources are websites. We'll go over some out-of-the-box tools for scraping data, plus some DIY techniques that often work even better.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Thursday #3 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Todd Mokhtari of NBC4 Los Angeles

    **Moderated by Todd Mokhtari, NBC4 Los Angeles

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Thursday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Demo

    Watchdogging nonprofits with Charity Navigator (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Katie Rusnock Coughlin of Charity Navigator

    Charity Navigator aims to make impactful philanthropy easier by providing evaluations of America’s largest nonprofit organizations. Charity Navigator’s 8,000+ ratings provide an easy-to-understand look into a charity’s financial health, accountability and transparency practices. This session will provide an in-depth look at how to use charitynavigator.org to research and compare charities and will explore how to use CN’s data to tell better stories about the nonprofit sector.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Watchdogging the court system

    Speakers: Lisa Armstrong of Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Josh Salman of GateHouse Media

    Judicial bias. Juveniles in jail. Profiting from diversion programs. Bias in ticketing. A deep dive on mining data, digging into public records and finding sources for under-reported investigations on the court system.

     

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Overview of data journalism curriculum for universities (Hosted by Tableau)

    Speaker: Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University

    Do you want to start teaching data journalism to university students or do you want to take your current program to a new level? Could your newsroom benefit from helpful tutorials and example files? With the current climate of news, journalistic integrity is more important than ever. Telling stories with data is an effective way to ensure the facts are being shown in a compelling way. Visual analytics bring complex stories to life for readers – a skill the next generation of journalists must be prepared for.

    Join this session to learn more about:

    • The importance of teaching aspiring journalists data literacy
    • The new Introduction to Data Journalism course curriculum, including learning objectives and module components
    • A hands-on walk through of the content and examples
    • The process for accessing the ready-make materials

    Some experience with Tableau Public is recommended. Taking one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: 60 stories in 60 minutes (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Jennifer Cobb of KHOU-Houston; Rachel DePompa of WWBT-Richmond

    Looking for story ideas? We’ve got 60 stories from broadcast investigative reporters that can be done in any market. You’ll walk away with a tipsheet full of ideas that can keep you busy for months. Come early and grab a seat. This panel is not to be missed.

    Grand Sonoran G

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Don't believe the hype: How to report on a scientific study

    Speakers: Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight; Melissa Bailey of Kaiser Health News; Jennifer Lu of independent journalist

    What does it take to write about the results of a scientific study? How do you incorporate scientific research into a bigger feature? Three reporters with very different backgrounds — a former scientist, a longtime science journalist and a community journalist transitioning to more science reporting — will help you avoid the pitfalls and make evidence work for you. 

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Hands-on

    Getting data into Excel

    Speaker: Madi Alexander of Bloomberg Government

    Data doesn’t always come in properly formatted Excel spreadsheets. Before you can analyze data in Excel, it first needs to be in a usable format. In this hands-on session, we will cover the importance of data types, delimiters and fixed-width columns to make the import process as smooth as possible. This session is geared toward Excel beginners, though anyone is welcome.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Demo

    Innovative approaches to storytelling (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Saleem Khan of INVSTG8.NET; Erika Owens of OpenNews

    Technology is changing the investigative and storytelling processes, from basic fact and data collection and analysis, to producing and delivering stories, to connecting with our communities. Sensors, artificial intelligence, drones, 360-degree video, virtual and augmented reality, data visualization, chatbots and phone apps… the list of emergent tools goes on. Join Erika Owens of OpenNews and Saleem Khan of INVSTG8.NET & JOVRNALISM to discuss recent innovations in storytelling, and how and when to use them. 

    This is an interactive session, so come ready to discuss your efforts and challenges. You’ll leave with new ideas, information and inspiration to stay on the leading edge.

     

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: O’Brien Fellowships: $65,000 in support of nine-month investigative reporting projects

    Speakers: Dave Umhoefer of Marquette University; Greg Borowski of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Justin George of The Marshall Project

    **Moderated by Dave Umhoefer, Marquette University

    Reporters and editors affiliated with the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism discuss the award-winning projects produced by journalists selected for the program at Marquette University. Projects have tackled issues around criminal justice, education, the environment, health, science, government secrecy and more. O’Brien selects 3-5 fellows annually. Find out how to apply.

     

    IRE Commons

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Open season on consumers

    Speakers: Liz Weston of NerdWallet; David Cay Johnston of DCReport; Paul Kiel of ProPublica; Bob Sullivan of independent journalist

    **Moderated by Liz Weston, NerdWallet

    The dismantling of Obama-era consumer protections will have profound effects on people’s wallets, but could it lead to another meltdown on the scale of the Great Recession? It pays to know where to investigate when the stakes are so high, and consumers are targeted by unshackled debt collectors, conflicted financial advisors who will potentially siphon millions from retirement accounts and others. We will show you the unexpected places where danger lurks for the American consumer and discuss how to best tell those stories. We’ll cover vetting straight-shooting sources to monitor trends, tapping into records that can help build the foundation for your reporting and ways to find the people who illustrate the toll.

    Grand Canyon 7

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Police: The challenge of immigration enforcement and policing reform (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists)

    Speakers: Sadie Gurman of The Associated Press; Jude Joffe-Block of KJZZ Phoenix; William Terrill of Arizona State University; Seth Wessler of Investigative Fund; Ted Gest of Criminal Justice Journalists

    **Moderated by Ted Gest, Criminal Justice Journalists

    The police profession has been in turmoil, with a focus on shootings by officers, disputed reforms sought by the Justice Department--at least until the Trump administration--and a national debate on "sanctuary cities" and whether police should cooperate with federal authorities on immigration cases. Hear from reporters who have covered these issues and an academic expert who studies them.


    Grand Canyon 9-10

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Revenge: When journalists become the target

    Speakers: Dave Biscobing of KNXV-Phoenix; Ismael Estrada of CNN; Bruce Shapiro of Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma; Gilbert Zermeno of KPHO-Phoenix

    **Moderated by Gilbert Zermeno, KPHO-Phoenix

    From anonymous trolls to the President of the United States, attempts to threaten, harass and delegitimize investigative reporters have become pervasive. Four decades after the assassination of Don Bolles, this panel will explore practical strategies for staying safe, staying sane and staying on course in today's climate

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Thursday #4 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Ramon Escobar of CNN Worldwide

    **Moderated by Ramon Escobar, CNN

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes. 

    Reserve a slot online: Thursday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    The art of access: Strategies for acquiring public records in an increasingly anti-media world

    Speakers: David Cuillier of The University of Arizona; Miranda Spivack of independent journalist

    A series for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and a recent John S. and James L. Knight Foundation study reached similar conclusions: Records that should be public are getting harder and harder to get because of delays, high fees and officials gaming the system. Get practical tips, psychological strategies and tech tools for acquiring the records and data you need without having to go to court.

    Grand Canyon 6

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Year in CAR

    Speakers: Lauren Grandestaff of IRE and NICAR; Kaitlin Washburn of The Sun-Gazette

    What were the big stories of the year? What were the most creative uses of data analysis? See what your colleagues have been up to and pick up some story ideas at the same time. 

    This session is good for: Anyone

     

    Grand Canyon 8

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Editing and beyond (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Brendan Keefe of WXIA-Atlanta; Andy Miller of Gray Television; Keith Tomshe of KHOU-Houston

    Top investigative storytellers share their tips, tools and techniques for creating the best presentations for digital and on air. What’s the best way to incorporate graphics into your story? How do you manage and streamline multi-camera editing? What can you do throughout the production process to make your final product look amazing? Editing is not an afterthought -- it should be part of your production planning from the start. Andy Miller from Denver’s KMGH, Keith Tomshe from Houston’s KHOU, and Brendan Keefe from Atlanta’s WXIA share their favorite methods for investigative video editing.

    Grand Sonoran G

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Exposing police surveillance (Sponsored by Media Democracy Fund)

    Speakers: Ben Conarck of The Florida Times-Union; George Joseph of The Appeal; Lauren C. Williams of ThinkProgress; Jo Ellen Kaiser of The Media Consortium

    **Moderated by Jo Ellen Kaiser, The Media Consortium

    Local police around the United States have been purchasing advanced surveillance equipment including “stingray” cell phone interceptors, drones, and tools for facial recognition and geolocation analysis. Find out how police use these tools legally -- and sometimes illegally. Learn how to discover what tools your local police have and when they are used.

     

    Grand Canyon 6

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Demo

    Facebook Live (Live!) (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Christopher Baxter of Spotlight PA; Erica Proffer of KVUE/ABC Austin

    Investigations take tons of manpower and lots of newsroom resources. To get the most reach out of your story, this session will explore how investigative reporters and newsrooms use social media tools, such as Facebook Live, and non-traditional partnerships to reach as big of an audience as possible, maximize impact and create a potential for change.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    From the human toll of border crossings to Assad's authorization of mass killings: Exploring Livingston Award winning stories with the Knight Foundation

    Speakers: Brooke Jarvis of The California Sunday Magazine; Ben Taub of The New Yorker; Stella Chavez of KERA News

    **Moderated by Stella Chavez, Livingston Awards judge

    Meet the 2017 winners of The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and learn how these reporters transformed their story ideas into award-winning investigations. From tracking down sources to crafting narratives, they will examine ways to dig deeper and tell powerful stories.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Building a CAR community that never stops learning

    Speaker: Tyler Dukes of WRAL-Raleigh

    Opportunities to learn and teach computational journalism shouldn't be limited to college J-school courses. An emerging project called Computer-Assisted Reporting Study Hall intends to be a place where students and working journalists alike can work together to build their skills across newsrooms and platforms. Join WRAL reporter Tyler Dukes to brainstorm what this fledgling community should offer, how it can be a valuable resource for reporters and where it should go next.

    IRE Commons

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Prepping for the next election

    Speakers: Sarah Bryner of Center for Responsive Politics; Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org; Derek Willis of ProPublica

    The next election is closer than you realize. Come learn about tools and techniques to give your election reporting more context and a sharper focus for 2017, 2018 and beyond.

     

    Grand Canyon 8

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Separating fact from fiction in covering health care

    Speakers: Paul Demko of POLITICO; Christina Jewett of Kaiser Health News

    Separating truth from fiction in health care can be confounding given the fierce partisan standoff in Washington that’s crystallized over the last seven years. Republicans describe the current state of Obamacare in apocalyptic terms, with premiums skyrocketing and competition dwindling. By contrast, Democrats celebrate the huge coverage gains, leading to the lowest uninsured rate ever recorded. The problem for journalists is that those conflicting descriptions of the current health care landscape are both accurate.

    This panel will explore tools you can use to cut through the noise, including how to find and decipher insurer financial filings that provide insight into how they’re faring in the exchange marketplaces. We’ll also cover some of the nuts and bolts of breaking into your local health care universe, including hospital inspection reports, treatment data and adverse-event and infection-rate data. We’ll cap our whirlwind tour with a peek into how Wall Street can give you a peek inside your Main Street health facilities.

     

    Grand Canyon 7

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Thursday #5 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Ramon Escobar of CNN Worldwide

    **Moderated by Ramon Escobar, CNN

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Thursday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    The Storytellers Project presents: The life and legacy of Don Bolles (Sponsored by USA TODAY NETWORK)

    Speakers: Athia Hardt of Hardt and Associates; Yihyun Jeong of The Arizona Republic; Megan Finnerty of USA TODAY Network; Michael Chow of The Arizona Republic

    June 2 marked the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. To commemorate his legacy of investigative and watchdog journalism, The Arizona Republic will host a special Storytellers Project show in partnership with IRE on Thursday, June 22.

    We will feature journalists who worked with Bolles at The Republic and journalists who carry on his legacy today. Members of IRE, which was formed the year before his death, traveled to Phoenix to continue his reporting and collaborated to produce the Arizona Project. The night will be emceed by Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, who has covered Bolles’ legacy extensively, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Torturing Excel into doing statistics

    Speaker: Steve Doig of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    You don't need a special statistics program to run simple statistics. In this session, you'll learn how to compute some basic statistics in Excel and figure out what they mean.

    This session will be most helpful if: You already are comfortable with using functions in Excel.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Writing the investigative book

    Speakers: Tom Jennings of Carey Institute for Global Good; Suki Kim of independent journalist; David Cay Johnston of DCReport

    **Moderated by Tom Jennings, Logan Nonfiction Program

    This panel will analyze the motivation and methods behind book-length investigative reporting projects. Topics planned for discussion include developing story ideas worthy of long-form treatment, extended access to subjects and sources, tools and techniques for organizing reporting and research, and conceptualizing a narrative arc from first to last chapter. The differing investigative styles of the panelists - Suki Kim's risk-taking immersive reporting and David Cay Johnston's renowned weave of data and documents  - will be highlighted.

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Reception

    Welcome reception (Sponsored by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University)

    Kick off the conference with a welcome reception on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m in Grand Saguaro North & South. Meet up with friends you have not seen since last year and welcome new attendees. Each attendee will receive one drink ticket for beer, wine, soda or bottled water.

    Grand Saguaro North & South

    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    East registration desk

    7:30 am - 6:15 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Conference Sales (Friday)

    Stop by the IRE Conference sales table and browse our merchandise, including the IRE bookstore's most popular titles and shirts.

    Grand Sonoran F Foyer

    7:30 am - 6:15 pm

  • Special Event

    Grand Sonoran E

    7:45 am - 8:45 am

  • Hands-on

    Digging into data: A crash course in storytelling *pre-registration required

    **This workshop is full, to add your name to the waiting list here.

    **Taught by IRE/NICAR Staff

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets with IRE's proven techniques. IRE's experienced trainers will walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data. You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.  

    Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.


    Workshop prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop and beginners are welcome. This workshop is good for those wanting to get started analyzing data for stories.

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Pinnacle Peak 3

    9:00 am - 6:15 pm

  • Panel

    Bailing out: Pretrial release reform (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists)

    Speakers: Scott Bales of Arizona Supreme Court; Megan Cassidy of The Arizona Republic; Ted Gest of Criminal Justice Journalists; Penny Stinson of National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

    **Moderated by Ted Gest, Criminal Justice Journalists

    Pretrial release is a national issue, with critics contending that the longstanding cash bail system keeps many non-violent suspects behind bars just because they can't pay small sums to be freed pending trial. Bail bondsmen insist that they are the best people to ensure that defendants who are released return for court appearances. This session features the chief justice of Arizona, who has led a reform effort, the president of a national organization that deals with the issue, and a reporter who covers it.

    Grand Canyon 6

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Consumer investigations (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Jesse Jones of KIRO-Seattle; Myriam Masihy of Telemundo 51; Julie Watts of KPIX-San Francisco

    Whether you’re starting to build a franchise or searching for fresh ideas after years in your market, three veteran consumer investigators will share their secrets to staying on the air and making it look good, without a lot of resources (or getting sued).

    Grand Sonoran G

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper during breaking news

    Speakers: Christal Hayes of Orlando Sentinel; Eric Wieffering of Star Tribune; Steve Vockrodt of The Kansas City Star

    Readers increasingly demand timely and frequent updates to breaking news. This session will explore how to meet the demands for continuous news while pursuing enterprise and investigative threads that will elevate your coverage and build your audience.

    Grand Canyon 8

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Outside Event

    Foyer - 1st floor meeting space

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Special Event

    Exhibitors & Recruiters (Friday)

    Stop by and visit with exhibitors and recruiters during the 2017 IRE Conference.  A list of those attending is here.

    Grand Canyon Foyer

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Ask an ethicist

    Speaker: Kristen Hare of Poynter

    In the relentless news cycle we're all now part of, it's hard to find time to process the big and small ethical choices we have to make every day. Swing by and take a breather with Kristen Hare, a reporter at Poynter, who will work with you to think through the best strategies for those issues.

    IRE Commons

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    Let's make some internet: Web development for beginners

    Speaker: Kavya Sukumar of Hearken

    If you've been trying to figure out what all the fuss is about HTML, CSS and JavaScript, this session is for you. This session will introduce you to the basics of web development, help you make sense of the jargon and answer your questions. At the end of the session you will have built a simple web page using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

    This session is good for: Beginners in web development. No coding experience required.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Looking in the mirror: Investigating the media

    Speakers: Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine; Travis Tritten of The Washington Examiner; Mark Feldstein of University of Maryland; T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post

    **Moderated by Mark Feldstein, University of Maryland

    Usually, investigative reporters uncover the misconduct of others. But sometimes, the wrongdoers are fellow journalists and the news outlets they work for. Recent high visibility cases include sexual harassment at Fox News; false rape accusations by Rolling Stone about a University of Virginia fraternity; and fabrications by NBC anchorman Brian William. The reporters who uncovered these scandals will discuss how they did it; offer suggestions on how you can do the same; and explain the special challenges of taking on our own industry.

    Grand Canyon 7

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Management: How to edit the data story when you don't do data

    Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; John Erickson of Dayton Daily News; Lois Norder of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Three editors will help you understand what data can bring to your investigations, whether it's documenting a trend, finding the best anecdotes or reducing the legwork required. This session will walk through how to include data reporters in your planning and the natural arc of an investigation and how to troubleshoot their work. It will also provide quick tips for bulletproofing a data-heavy story. 

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Managing student investigations

    Speakers: Heather Brooke of City University of London; Giannina Segnini Picado of Columbia Journalism School; Brant Houston of University of Illinois; Walter Robinson of The Boston Globe

    **Moderated by Heather Brooke, City University of London

    Taking students from absolute beginner to an advanced investigation is an intense learning process for all involved. Three investigative journalists who teach graduate and undergraduate investigative journalism courses will discuss the process and show examples of student investigations. We’ll discuss how to mentor students through tricky logistical, legal and ethical issues, how to handle problems that can arise from student investigations and how best to solve them. Teaching the next generation of investigative journalists is crucial to pass on the skills necessary to produce in-depth, challenging reporting. As newsrooms cut experienced staff, universities are becoming the place where students increasingly go to find these skills.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Friday #1 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Bill Siegel of The E.W. Scripps Company

    **Moderated by Bill Siegel, The E.W. Scripps Co.

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Friday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    SQL 1: Intro

    Speaker: Lauryn Schroeder of San Diego Union-Tribune

    Learning to manipulate data is a bit like learning a new language. Actually, it is a language, called structured query language (SQL). This session is an introduction to using SQL to zero in on your data by viewing slices and chunks of it and putting it into a useful order so you can spot the stuff you need to get started toward a story. We'll use the (free) database manager SQLite for this class.

    This session is good for: People who have some experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Outside Event

    The Diversity Dilemma (Hosted by CNN)

    Speakers: Ramon Escobar of CNN Worldwide; Lex Haris of CNN; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Ron Nixon of The Associated Press

    **Moderated by Ramon Escobar, CNN

    Why is there a shortage of diversity among investigative journalists in the industry? What can be done about this dilemma? How do you find and develop more diversity: women and journalists of color? It’s never been more important to make sure your newsroom is reflective of America. Learn the importance of mentorship, and developing innovating strategies and initiatives.

    Grand Sonoran E

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Demo

    Tools for shining light on dark money (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Lee Fang of The Intercept; Andrew Perez of MapLight; David Sirota of International Business Times

    "Dark money" groups spent millions late last year to help swing the presidential election. Untraceable donations have underwritten state legislative and judicial elections, and have financed opposition to consumer protection rules. Come learn ways to track what interests are influencing the political climate in Washington and in your neighborhood.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Watchdogging K-12 education

    Speakers: Tawnell Hobbs of The Wall Street Journal; Eva Parks of KXAS/NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR

    From watching the money to exposing security and safety concerns, three veteran reporters will talk about developing ideas and writing stories that parents and community members can’t ignore and public officials wish they could. We’ll talk about digging deep to tell better stories -- even on deadline -- and using local and national data to show disparities and wrongdoing with an eye for those pesky red flags. The discussion also will include ways to monitor school leadership and governance, areas that can help parents and voters make informed decisions at the polls. We’ll also review data that every education reporter should have on hand – and discuss how to fight that dreaded F-word, FERPA!

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Building the team (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Matt Goldberg of NBCUniversal; Letitia Walker of KATC-Lafayette; Lex Haris of CNN

    From covering a national scandal to uncovering a local scam, an investigative team’s success is linked to structure and resources. In this session, hear from three news leaders on how they create, foster and guide an investigative team toward success.

    Grand Sonoran G

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Command line for reporters

    Speaker: AJ Vicens of Mother Jones

    It can be easy to overlook something as basic as the command line, but even knowing a little will make your job easier. We’ll run through some simple commands and dive into working with spreadsheets, and we’ll walk through some handy tools.

    This session is good for: People unfamiliar with the command line, and those who want to get some practical, hands-on practice with the Mac-based Terminal.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Covering Muslim America (Sponsored by Asian American Journalists Association)

    Speakers: Nuran Alteir of AAJA; Imraan Siddiqi of CAIR - Arizona; Dianna Náñez of The Arizona Republic

    Muslims have lived in the United States since the country’s inception, so why are many stories about this community so shallow? Where is the investigative reporting or the in-depth narratives that go beyond stereotypes? With 3.3 million people, Muslims make up the third largest religious group in the country. Reporters who build trust in this community will find stories beyond the obvious religion and immigration beats. Come hear Muslim leaders talk about stories the media is missing. Learn tips from reporters on covering this growing demographic and how you can write stories that delve deeper with tact, tenacity and sensitivity.

     

    Grand Canyon 7

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging with documents

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; James Grimaldi of The Wall Street Journal; Vicky Nguyen of NBC News

    Veteran investigative reporters reveal little-known but awesome documents to turbocharge projects and bulk up beat coverage. They also deliver practical tips for getting, reviewing, analyzing, managing and triangulating documents to unleash their revelatory power. And they show how to bring documents and data to life for video stories without putting viewers to sleep.

    Grand Canyon 8

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Find environmental violators in your community, before the regulations disappear

    Speakers: Sandra Chapman of WTHR-Indianapolis; Scott Fallon of The Bergen Record; Lisa Song of ProPublica

    In an era of expected deregulation and austere budget cuts, veteran journalists will offer tips on investigating polluters, holding regulators accountable and exploring health impacts in affected communities. Topics will include: state-sponsored voluntary cleanup programs, the difficulty of cancer cluster and environmental health investigations, finding reliable scientific experts, covering Superfund sites in your communities, researching public records on toxic sites and piecing together narratives from documents and interviews.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    How to collaborate and not hate each other

    Speakers: Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Ronny Rojas of Univision; Arun Karki of Center for Data Journalism-Nepal

    Traditionally, investigative journalists haven’t been known for their cooperation with the competition. But that’s changing, thanks to technology, the need to analyze enormous databases whose public interest transcends borders and the demand for professionals with the unique ability to convert complex issues into attractive stories. So, how can you ensure that cross-border journalism projects are successful? How do you choose the appropriate partners based on each project’s needs? We will discuss best practices for effective cross-border investigations and the key decisions made by editors. This includes professional ethics, digital work platforms and ideas for collaborative investigative projects between journalists in the U.S and colleagues located in the Americas.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Investigating disability issues (Sponsored by National Center on Disability and Journalism)

    Speakers: Michael Berens of Thomson Reuters; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Brian Rosenthal of The New York Times; Kristin Gilger of Arizona State University

    Countless untold stories abound involving those with disabilities. From children to adults, spanning local transportation to state education to a federal program that relocates vulnerable people to less expensive places, panelists will reveal tips and techniques for how to tackle these stories in your own newsroom.

     

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Investigating inequality in higher education (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation)

    Speakers: Dan Bauman of The Chronicle of Higher Education; Richard Read of NerdWallet; Laura Krantz of The Boston Globe

    The U.S. higher-education system is stacked against many students. Reporters at The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education and NerdWallet's investigative team are probing aspects of the system, and have experiences and tips to share. UMass Boston's mission is to serve students from poor and immigrant families, but for decades the university has suffered from poor leadership and physical neglect. The Globe is examining why vulnerable students, and taxpayers, are left to foot the bill. Across the country other students are lured by for-profit colleges that overload them with debt. Scammers identify likely victims and target them in student-loan "debt relief" scams of the type exposed by The Chronicle and NerdWallet, which  recently completed investigative stories and launched an SEO-juiced web tool to warn consumers. In another project, The Chronicle's Title IX Tracker monitors sexual-assault investigations. Probing the Ivory Tower may seem daunting, but it's increasingly important in a world where education can still be a way to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

     

     

    Grand Canyon 6

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Your investigation is done - make it go viral!

    Speaker: Rick Hirsch of Miami Herald

    Investigative reporters can invest months, even years, on a project. But if they don't invest the time to create a strategy to roll it out on traditional and social channels, it may not reach the audience it needs to have the impact it deserves. This session will highlight building a playbook for strategically marketing great work.

    IRE Commons

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Demo

    Not-for-TV-video: Strategy, shooting, and survival for non-broadcast reporter (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Paige Schwahn of Gannett/USA TODAY Network; David Bruns of The Washington Post

    Video is an increasingly necessary component of storytelling as many print-focused newsrooms shift to a “social first” or “online first” mentality. Audiences increasingly seek multimedia and multi-platform content, and algorithms and trends are constantly changing. Some video concepts and approaches have proven more effective or more easily implemented than others, and this session will offer some of those techniques. We’ll also discuss some common problems newsrooms face as they increasingly integrate video into reporting, often without increased staffing levels or focused expertise on video and online delivery.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Friday #2 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Mike Goldrick of NBC4 Washington

    **Moderated by Mike Goldrick, NBC4 Washington

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Friday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    SQL 2: Grouping and summing

    Speaker: Jonah Newman of Pacific Standard

    This workshop will build up your SQL muscles, adding some common tasks that journalists need every day: checking for missing data, grouping your data, getting counts and sums and doing math in SQL.

    This session is good for: People who attended SQL 1: Intro or have some familiarity with SQL.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Interviews that stand out (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Joel Grover of NBC4 Los Angeles; Tony Kovaleski of KMGH-Denver; Tisha Thompson of ESPN; Scott Zamost of CNBC

    **Moderated by Scott Zamost, CNBC

    Veteran broadcast journalists detail the art of pulling off a compelling on-camera interview.

    Grand Sonoran G

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Covering cold cases

    Speakers: Madeleine Baran of American Public Media; Thomas Hargrove of Murder Accountability Project; Maurice Possley of National Registry of Exonerations; Chuck Jones of Coconino County Sheriff's Office

    The more than 220,000 unsolved murders in America present a major challenge to journalists. Learn how to review old cases, deal with police and families, and avoid (or spot) pitfalls in investigations. You’ll walk away with advice from a retired FBI agent and three journalists with deep experience in cold case investigations.

     

    Grand Canyon 6

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Data analysis from the command line

    Speaker: Tyler Dukes of WRAL-Raleigh

    It may not have a fancy interface, but the command line can equip journalists with tailor-made tools to analyze data. This hands-on session will build upon your basic command line skills and dive deeper into the csvkit suite of utilities to interview data, mash it up with other sources, analyze it and generate story ideas -- all with the speed and power of the command line.

    This session is good for: People who have some basic Excel skills and a little bit of command-line experience (example: you went to the “Command Line for Reporters” session preceding this one)

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Deep dive into border stories (Sponsored by UNITY)

    Speakers: Astrid Galvan of The Associated Press; Morgan Loew of KPHO-Phoenix; Elvia Diaz of The Arizona Republic

    **Moderated by Elvia Diaz, The Arizona Republic

    Learn how to make the right sources, avoid danger and find ways to tell untold stories. We look at how to cover a vast border that differs from place to place, including best practices for sourcing, approaching stories in creative ways and tips for using data to mine those stories.

    Grand Canyon 8

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Steal our data - localize national stories for your community

    Speakers: Christopher Baxter of Spotlight PA; Jeff Ernsthausen of ProPublica; Melissa Lewis of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Share a national dataset you built or obtained with the IRE community and learn how you can localize the information for your coverage area. Chris Baxter of NJ Advance Media will share data from his FieldTurf investigation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Ernsthausen will explain how you can use the paper’s powerful data on sexually abusive doctors. Melissa Lewis of The Oregonian will explain how you can use their data on toxic armories.

    IRE Commons

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Management: Editing investigative projects that cross mediums

    Speakers: John Hillkirk of Kaiser Health News; Marc Lacey of The New York Times; Charles Lewis of Investigative Reporting Workshop

    These days, it’s almost essential that projects showcase multiple ways to engage readers and viewers beyond the text itself. And each of these added storytelling methods – video, audio, interactives, flat graphics, animations, virtual reality, and beyond – requires innovative brainstorming and planning, as well as hands-on editing, so that the components complement one another and take advantage of each medium. This panel will showcase examples of award-winning projects that took advantage of what can be done across various platforms using a variety of storytelling tools.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Demo

    Perfecting the 15-minute background check - and why you should do it every time you quote someone (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Kate Howard of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

    How are you sure that great source with the perfect quote isn't too good to be true? Even great reporters can get tricked by fake names or sketchy backgrounds. We'll walk through some websites and strategies you can use to create a routine and spot potential red flags before you get burned. This session is great for new reporters or anyone who wants to background people more thoroughly.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Friday #3 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Liz Roldan of WFOR/CBS Miami

    **Moderated by Liz Roldan, WFOR/CBS Miami

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Friday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Speed critiques for yungins' (Sponsored by Google)

    Speakers: Kellie Burkett of WPXI-Pittsburgh; Jodi Cohen of ProPublica; Tom Dolan of Dolan Media Management; Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Brad Hamilton; Laurie Jacoby of Napoli Management Group; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Julia B. Chan of Mother Jones; Philip Maravilla of Rocky Mountain PBS; Mizell Stewart

    **Moderated by Megan Luther, IRE/NICAR

    This is a chance to meet one-on-one with your expert of choice. They will be there to offer speed critiques of your work, resume and story ideas. If you have video, make sure to bring your own player. Fifteen minutes before the start of the session, we will post five numbered business cards for each expert. Once those are gone, the speed critique sessions are full. Please review the bios of each of the experts to find your best fit.

    Grand Canyon 7

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    SQL 3: Joining tables

    Speaker: Ronald Campbell of NBC Owned Television Stations

    This session will take you to the heart of the database world — joining different pieces of data together. Knowing how to do this can help you explore hidden relationships, such as school bus drivers with DUI arrests. It can also help you ask better questions.  

    This session is good for: People who attended SQL 1: Intro and SQL 2: Grouping and Summing, or who have some familiarity with SQL.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Sustaining accountability journalism: What recent research shows

    Speakers: James Hamilton of Stanford University; Gerry Lanosga of Indiana University; Jason Martin of DePaul University; Mary Hargrove of independent journalist

    **Moderated by Mary Hargrove, independent journalist

    This panel discussion focuses on the latest academic research into investigative journalism, including a national survey of IRE members and two studies that used the IRE Awards archives to explore how stories are discovered, told and supported, and what their different impacts are. The studies' authors will talk about investigative reporters' sources, methods and agendas, as well as lessons on ways to sustain accountability journalism.

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Watchdogging the military

    Speakers: Kathleen Johnston of Indiana University; Carl Prine of San Diego Union-Tribune

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Special Event

    Grand Sonoran E

    12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

  • Panel

    Media lawyers brown bag

    Speakers: Craig Hoffman of Ballard Spahr LLP; Chris Moeser of TEGNA Inc.; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your lunch and your questions for a discussion with some prominent media law experts who will be presenting throughout the 2017 IRE Conference. We'll provide drinks and dessert.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Brain flipping: Tips for switching between the sides of your brain

    Speakers: Maud Beelman of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Leah Kohlenberg of Art for Journalists; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop

    Working with data means that many of us are flipping our brains between analytical tasks -- such as coding and querying -- and more creative tasks, such as writing and designing. This session will give you some tools for helping both sides of your brain do a better job.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Deep dive II (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Danielle Leigh of ABC7 New York/WABC; Scott MacFarlane of NBC4 Washington; Rick Yarborough of NBC4 Washington; Scott Friedman of KXAS/NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Award-winning investigative journalists explain how they produced big projects for broadcast and online. Journalists will show their investigations and take you through them step-by-step, from story tip to finished product.

     

    Grand Sonoran G

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Building custom search tools for investigative projects (Hosted by Caspio)

    Speakers: Jennifer Christos of Caspio, Inc.; Hadley Price of Caspio, Inc.

    Maybe you want to analyze data across multiple tables or find a way to filter many different variables simultaneously.  

    With normalized relational database construction in Caspio, it’s easy to combine multiple tables into one view so they can be analyzed as a single dataset. 

    With pivot tables, formula fields and multi-variable filtering, Caspio is an ideal tool for constructing advanced investigative tools.

    Bring ideas for your own projects and request a one-on-one consultation after the session.

    This session is good for: Everyone.

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Covering rising violent crime in America

    Speakers: Justin George of The Marshall Project; Katie LaGrone of The E.W. Scripps Company; Ashley Luthern of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Ben Hallman of ICIJ

    **Moderated by Ben Hallman, The Trace

    Violent crime rates are increasing again, driven by surges in many large American cities. Mass shootings attract the most attention, but far more people die in “everyday” attacks, killed by a family member, a gang rival or a stray bullet.

    Our panelists will share reporting strategies they have used to illuminate the causes of violent crime, explore the factors that make it worse, and tell stories of how violence devastates families and communities. They will share tips on how to turn accountability stories on a crime beat, interview victims and perpetrators, and pry loose data that can provide the foundation for far-reaching investigations.

    Grand Canyon 8

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Finding, nurturing and protecting sources

    Speakers: Mike Rezendes of independent journalist; Stephanie Zimmermann of ABC News

    Data reporting is hot, but your big scoop is still likely to come the old-fashioned way – from a source with insider knowledge of wrongdoing who is hoping you will expose it. Mike Rezendes will share some of his favorite techniques for cultivating reluctant sources, and Stephanie Zimmermann will explain how to set up a successful consumer tip-line and get ordinary people comfortable with talking on camera.

    Grand Canyon 6

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: How we plan IRE and CAR Conference - and how you can get involved

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    So how does IRE really choose which panels to book? How can you get more involved? Where do we need to improve? Bring your suggestions, compliments and complaints. IRE’s Megan Luther will be taking notes. 

     

    IRE Commons

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Murder, you wrote

    Speaker: Thomas Hargrove of Murder Accountability Project

    Learn how to investigate FBI computer files to look for serial killers in your town. Determine what kinds of killings go unsolved. Get the same training that homicide detectives receive from Thomas Hargrove, founder of the Murder Accountability Project.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    New tools for price-tagging development incentives, a.k.a. "corporate welfare"

    Speakers: Jim Heaney of Investigative Post; Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First; Sarita Nair of New Mexico Office of the State Auditor

    A new accounting rule now requires most governments to disclose how much revenue they lose to corporate tax breaks granted for economic development. Learn how and where this first-ever data will arrive, from the advocate who won the rule's adoption and from a state official enforcing it. You’ll also learn how existing data sources are being newly plumbed by a Buffalo-based group whose work has already triggered federal corruption indictments.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Turning your investigation into a podcast

    Speakers: Madeleine Baran of American Public Media; Johnny Edwards of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Kevin Vaughan of KUSA/9News Denver; Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    **Moderated by Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR

    You don't have to work for a radio station to be part of the growing podcast movement. Whether you're interested in launching a multi-part series or producing a single episode, this session will help you learn how to turn your investigation into a compelling audio story. Learn how The Atlanta Journal-Constitution developed its "Breakdown" podcast, now in its third season. We'll also hear from the journalists behind KUSA's "BLAME" podcast and APM Reports' series "In the Dark." We'll cover all the basics: deciding when a story deserves the podcast treatment, pitching it to editors, producing your story, and finding an audience.

    Grand Canyon 7

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Demo

    Under pressure: Real life in real time with breaking news (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Stephen Stock of NBC Bay Area

    Come experience the real heart-pounding excitement of a breaking news simulation where your investigative and computer-assisted reporting skills will be put to the test as teams compete to see who can break real, enterprise news in a minute-by-minute breaking news scenario. Sharpen your skills or learn new techniques to take back to your newsroom to help your team win the day the next time a big breaking news story happens in your backyard. This class will also teach you skills you can use for everyday general assignment reporting/stories.

    To get the most out of this session, bring your own computer and plan to connect to the Internet. We’ll be running through hands-on exercises in real time.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Watchdogging weed

    Speakers: Amanda Chicago Lewis of independent journalist; Shoshana Walter of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; John Ingold of The Denver Post

    Marijuana is legal in some states, quasi-legal in others and the domain of organized crime in other places. It’s also a serious business enterprise worthy of digging. On this panel, we’ll hear from reporters who have investigated what happens to workers on marijuana farms, disparities in regulations and safety concerns. Get the scoop on the basics of this burgeoning economy and come away ready to investigate weed in your community.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    "Ongoing investigation": Tricks to getting around tough PIOs

    Speakers: Brian Collister of Investigative Network; Wendy Halloran of WSB-Atlanta; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    If you've found yourself struggling to get cooperation from a public information officer, you’re not alone. The PIO is often the gatekeeper to interviews and information, tasked with gathering, verifying, coordinating and disseminating public information. But often they become the biggest roadblock we encounter as investigative reporters. So, how can you successfully deal with a PIO who acts like their job is to protect and deflect? Some will refuse to talk, demand you only interview them instead of decision-makers or drag their feet in hopes you’ll go away. Well, we’ve got strategies to help you battle back against those who become a “Public Interference Officer”. This panel will offer useful tips and tricks you can use to make sure you can plow past any PIO.

    Grand Canyon 7

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Breaking the mold (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Jeremy Campbell of WXIA-Atlanta; Erin Peterson of WXIA-Atlanta; Chris Vanderveen of KUSA/9News Denver; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver; Noah Pransky of independent journalist

    The world of journalism is changing fast. Hear from the broadcasters who are driving that change. In this session, you’ll learn ways to make your work stand out and have fun finding new ways to tell amazing stories.

    Grand Sonoran G

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Demo

    Digital options with limited resources (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Coburn Dukehart of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Brandon Quester of inewsource; Julia B. Chan of Mother Jones

    Many newsrooms are still figuring out their digital strategy but, in the meantime, journalism still needs to happen. So, how can journalists who don't have the team or resources to build custom features think and execute more digitally, especially on a budget? A panel of journalists will tackle that question and more.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Hands-on

    Excel 1: Getting started with spreadsheets (repeat)

    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    In this introduction to spreadsheets you'll begin analyzing data with Excel, a simple but powerful tool. You'll learn how to enter data, sort it, filter it and conduct simple calculations like sum, average and median.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Funding for freelance investigations: Whom to ask and how to ask (Sponsored by The Fund for Investigative Journalism)

    Speakers: Esther Kaplan of The Investigative Fund; Jane Sasseen of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Laird Townsend of Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE); Brant Houston of University of Illinois

    **Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois

    Nonprofits who work with freelance reporters will provide advice on how to successfully get support for your investigation, both in general and from their programs. They will also go over what is expected during the reporting, writing and editing process. In addition, there will be an extensive Q&A session and an overview of the various programs that can support freelancers and nonprofit centers.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Handling massive files, leaked data and documents

    Speakers: Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Jack Gillum of ProPublica; Brad Heath of USA TODAY Network

    Leaked emails and confidential files are getting bigger in size, more dangerous to open and seemingly too voluminous for reporters to make sense of. We’ll walk you through our experiences and best practices for preparing for, downloading, authenticating, opening, analyzing — and, yes, writing off of — the ever-growing data dumps that land in our newsrooms.

    Grand Canyon 6

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating special education

    Speakers: David DesRoches of WNPR; Brian Rosenthal of The New York Times; Heather Vogell of ProPublica

    With acronyms like IEP and FAPE, special education can seem confusing and intimidating. But at a time when virtually every state's flouting of federal law on educating children with disabilities is going unchecked -- and our most vulnerable students are suffering -- there are few beats with more potential for investigation. Three reporters from very different publications demystify this important topic and share tips for producing powerful work that can make a difference.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Let's get organized! Tips and tools we love

    Speaker: Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    Is your desk so cluttered with papers, notes and files that you can’t see the top? Do you have trouble finding that perfect quote in a document somewhere on your computer? Do you start an investigation with ambitious plans for organization, only to promptly abandon them a few weeks in? This session is for you! We’ll talk about our favorite old-school and new-school tools for taking notes and staying organized. Come prepared to talk about your favorite techniques and pick up a few new ones, too.

    IRE Commons

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Promoting the investigation

    Speakers: Bridget Botelho of Mother Jones; Suzanne Grethen of Hearst; Jessica Pucci of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Steve Suo of The Oregonian/OregonLive

    **Moderated by Steve Suo, The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Investigations have the biggest impact when they’re widely read and when readers let elected leaders know it. But a gripping title and great visuals aren’t all it takes to land a motivated audience. Three leading professionals show how to use audience research, marketing campaigns and social media to ensure your best investigative work reaches people who care. Learn what reporters and editors can do to engage viewers before, during and after launch. Know when to bring the social engagement team into the planning process. Whether you’re a newsroom of one or a national outlet with its own marketing department, you’ll walk away with new ideas for promoting stories and the value of investigative reporting.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Hands-on

    Python 1

    Speaker: Sandra Fish of independent journalist

    Python is a great language for journalists who want to analyze data, scrape websites and create web apps. It’s great for documenting and easily replicating your analyses. Get your toes wet in this class as we explore some Python basics. 

    This session is good for: Anyone with a willingness to learn despite the inevitable errors you’ll make!

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Friday #4 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Lisa R. Cohen of Columbia Journalism School

    **Moderated by Lisa Cohen, Columbia Journalism School

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Friday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    The art of investigative storytelling

    Speakers: Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times; Julian Sher of Investigative Journalist

    You've done the tough investigation, the hard interviews, the tremendous digging. You’ve taken risks and want to make waves. Don't ruin it by simply laying out your facts. You have to tell a story, not a scoop. Scoops are reported. Stories are told. This sessions tackles writing, character development and story structure for both print and broadcast so that you can turn your investigation into a great tale that will grip readers and viewers.

    Grand Canyon 8

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Hands-on

    Excel 2: Functions and pivot tables (repeat)

    Speaker: Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times

    In this class you’ll learn some snappy functions to help you ask questions of your data in Excel in minutes rather than hours. We’ll focus on when and how to use functions, calculate rates and change and then use the power of pivot tables to ask questions like “Which groups have most?” or “How often does this happen?”

    Prerequisites: This class will be helpful if you’ve taken Excel 1 or have worked with spreadsheets. We’ll assume you can load data into Excel and get it relatively clean.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Python 2

    Speaker: Alex Richards of NerdWallet

    This session will cover some of the ways basic programming in Python can collect data for stories from the web and generally speed up your reporting. We will cover fundamental concepts you need to know and tackle a small, practical project. 

    This session is good for: People who understand some Python basics and want to take that knowledge a little further.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Friday #5 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Jim Strickland of WSB-Atlanta

    **Moderated by Jim Strickland, WSB-Atlanta

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Friday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Panel

    Showcase: Pursuing the truth

    Speakers: Monika Bauerlein of Mother Jones; Richard Greenberg of NBC News; Marc Lacey of The New York Times; David Boardman of Temple University

    **Moderated by David Boardman, Temple University

    Journalists today are confronted by an unprecedented series of challenges in pursuing the truth. Prior to the 2016 presidential campaign, we were already facing online trolls and doxxing, defamation lawsuits, and leak investigations, not to mention the explosion of unfiltered, unverified postings on social media. Now, we are contending with a president and an administration that are openly antagonistic towards the media, and a large portion of the public that does not believe what we report. When administration officials talk about “alternative facts” and assail the already-damaged credibility of news organizations, how should reporters go about our jobs? In the face of all these challenges, how do we champion the truth?

    Grand Canyon 6-8

    5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Outside Event

    IRE Board candidate speeches

    Meet the candidates for the IRE Board of Directors on Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Grand Canyon 6-8 following the Showcase Panel. Learn more about the candidates and election.

    Grand Canyon 6-8

    6:15 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    East registration desk

    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Conference Sales (Saturday)

    Stop by the IRE Conference sales table and browse our merchandise, including the IRE bookstore's most popular titles and shirts.

    Grand Sonoran F Foyer

    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Managing your time doing GA and watchdog (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Erica Byfield of WNBC New York City; Lydia Hu of NY1 News; Melanie Woodrow of KGO/ABC7 San Francisco

    This session is for general assignment and investigative journalists. We'll delve into how to maximize your time doing both, why general assignment and breaking news stories often yield long-form investigations, and how to cultivate sources and dig every day as a general assignment reporter. We'll spend half the session sharing our tips and the other half taking your questions.

    Grand Sonoran G

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Covering immigration when you don’t live near a border

    Speakers: Aubrey Aden-Buie of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Daniel Connolly of The Commercial Appeal; Mirwais Jalalzai of independent journalist

    Over the past 20 years, the immigration story has expanded well beyond the border zones of the United States and deep into the country’s interior. This panel will offer tips and advice on covering immigration when you live far from a border zone. We’ll talk about techniques for finding people to write about and how to cover stepped-up immigration enforcement. We’ll also offer some basic background on the immigration system in the U.S. and share personal experiences with immigration authorities.

     

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    Data Fusion for data journalism: Enriching datasets with a graph database

    Speaker: William Lyon of Neo4j

    This hands-on workshop will show how we can use the Neo4j graph database for data journalism. Starting with an initial dataset of information about public officials and their connections to companies, we will show how to extend the data, enriching it with other public datasets including federal government contract awards, nonprofit tax filings, and corporate registry information. 

    Graph databases are a tool for modeling, storing and querying complex data. The main benefits of using graph databases in data journalism are 1) an intuitive data model and query language, and 2) the ability to easily combine datasets and query across them. We will focus on the second point, showing how we can combine datasets in a graph database and ask questions of the data by querying across them using Cypher, the query language for graphs.

    This session is geared toward those with some basic familiarity with databases and data analysis, but will start at an introductory level for those new to graph databases.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Digging into financial documents

    Speakers: Roddy Boyd of Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation; Cristina Alesci of CNN; David Milstead of The Globe and Mail

    Three veteran business journalists show both beginners and seasoned business reporters how to cut through hundreds of pages and find the best stuff in an array of publicly available and (usually) free-of-charge documents. After this session, you'll write better stories, hold corporations accountable, and expose lying, evasion and self-dealing.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Demo

    DocumentCloud tools and tricks (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Tyler Dukes of WRAL-Raleigh; Ted Han of DocumentCloud

    Get a hands-on tour of DocumentCloud and how to make the most of its search, annotation, collaboration and publishing tools for your next investigation. Plus, we'll offer up great examples of DocumentCloud in action in recent investigative reports and newsroom tools.

     

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Outside Event

    Foyer - 1st floor meeting space

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Special Event

    Exhibitors & Recruiters (Saturday)

    Stop by and visit with exhibitors and recruiters during the 2017 IRE Conference.  A list of those attending is here.

    Grand Canyon Foyer

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with crime data

    Speakers: Ted Gest of Criminal Justice Journalists; Daniel Lathrop of University of Iowa

    Every newsroom reports on crime statistics, but smart use of the underlying data can spin daily-news straw into investigative gold. Learn to analyze the main FBI databases available through IRE from the co-author of IRE's Understanding Crime and Justice Statistics using a database manager or statistical software. The class will also outline how to identify and request other sources of criminal justice data.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Transparency by design

    Speakers: Carli Brosseau of The News & Observer; Steve Suo of The Oregonian/OregonLive

    You’ve probably heard this: “We would be happy to give you these records, but our database doesn’t have an export function.” Or this: “We’d love to give you a data dictionary, but our database vendor says we can’t.” Public records law falls apart when proprietary software renders data inaccessible. But what if agencies had to use technology that makes data easy to retrieve when someone asks? That’s the idea behind Transparency by Design, a legislative initiative gaining traction in Oregon. The Oregonian’s Carli Brosseau and Steve Suo will explain how the concept works -- and what you can do to help.

    IRE Commons

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    New ways to cover addiction and drug enforcement

    Speakers: Pat Beall of The Palm Beach Post; Eric Eyre of Charleston Gazette-Mail; Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica

    Opioids came to dominate the U.S. drug trade and addiction more than a decade ago, causing tens of thousands of overdose deaths year after year. Police, public officials and the press are still struggling to understand an epidemic in which the drug is often distributed by major corporations, not smuggled across a border. This panel will provide tips and tools for tracking the prescription opioid supply chain, documenting the death toll in our communities, and analyzing drug enforcement locally and nationwide.

    Grand Canyon 8

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    Slither your way to success: Getting started with Python *pre-registration required

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    This low-key, beginner-level session will offer a slow-paced introduction to the Python programming language.

    You'll learn how to write and run a Python script, and you’ll leave with a basic understanding of data types, useful tools, common use cases and some examples of how journalists are using programming to solve reporting problems. You’ll also learn strategies for overcoming common obstacles for a beginning programmer.

    Bonus: Hang around afterward for help getting up and running with Python on your personal laptop.

    Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

    Workshop prerequisites: None.

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Pinnacle Peak 3

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Saturday #1 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Jeff Harris of WEWS-Cleveland

    **Moderated by Jeff Harris, WEWS-Cleveland

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Saturday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Smart strategies for small newsrooms

    Speakers: Nate Morabito of WCNC-Charlotte; Susan Richardson of The Center for Public Integrity; Rose Ciotta of EdSource; Thomas Peele of Bay Area News Group

    **Moderated by Rose Ciotta, EdSource

    A roundtable on how small newsrooms can share resources, ideas and strategies to do investigative reporting.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Social media sleuthing

    Speakers: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR; Molly Young of The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Dig deeper to find eyewitnesses, expert sources, user-generated content and story ideas across social channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Discover free, third-party apps that ramp up your social search and analysis power. Stay ahead of the competition with these proven tips and tactics.

    Grand Canyon 7

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    The world is flat: Battling fake news

    Speakers: Eric Newton of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Geneva Overholser of Democracy Fund; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Matt Lait of CNN

    **Moderated by Megan Luther, IRE/NICAR

    Reality, facts and statistics have come under assault through the prevalence of fake news that's easy to share but tough to counter. Learn about the forces that regularly unleash deliberately false information and the factors that have led to its spread. Explore measures that journalists and educators alike can take to help the public separate fact from fiction.

    Grand Canyon 6

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    A conversation with Jay Rosen

    Speakers: Jay Rosen of New York University; Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    **Moderated by Doug Haddix, IRE/NICAR

    Gain insights from the ever-thoughtful, ever-provocative journalism professor Jay Rosen of New York University. Explore issues ranging from the hostile political climate toward journalists to creative ways of restoring public trust in the news media. Is "winter" truly coming for the media? What can journalists do about new threats and tactics? We'll allow plenty of time for your questions.

    Grand Canyon 6

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Lightning talks (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speaker: Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver

    **Moderated by Nicole Vap, KUSA/9News Denver

    For the first time, we're bringing Lightning Talks to the IRE Conference broadcast track. Hear from the following speakers, who will each present for five minutes.

    1. Marshall Zellinger

    2. Melanie Woodrow

    3. Josh Hinkle

    4. Jodie Fleisher

    5. Katie Wilcox

    6. Ryan Luby

    7. Eric Flack

    8. Farrah Fazal

    9. Harry Hairston

     

    10. Jeremy Jojola

    Grand Sonoran G

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Cleaning data with OpenRefine

    Speaker: Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle

    We'll go over how to use OpenRefine for common data cleaning problems like parsing and cleaning names and addresses, combining and breaking apart fields and more as time allows.

    This session is good for: People with at least some Excel experience.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Educators' roundtable: Best ways to teach investigative reporting

    Speakers: Jacquee Petchel of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Deborah Nelson of University of Maryland; Brant Houston of University of Illinois; David Armstrong of Georgia News Lab; Brent Walth of University of Oregon

    **Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois

    This session will offer examples of how to successfully teach investigative reporting at universities. Then, we’ll start a conversation among the panel members and audience on best practices and tips for turning the classroom into an investigative newsroom.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    From the inside: A conversation on immersion and undercover reporting

    Speakers: Robert Cribb of Toronto Star; Shane Bauer of Mother Jones; Ted Conover of New York University; Suki Kim of independent journalist

    **Moderated by Robert Cribb, Toronto Star

    Undercover work is difficult, risky, time-consuming and sometimes even dangerous. It requires preparation, thought and a strong ethical compass. We explore the pitfalls and potential of immersion and undercover reporting with some of its most experienced practitioners.

    Grand Canyon 8

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: How to pry out records and bring cash to your newsroom

    Speakers: James Neff of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    As investigations editor at the Seattle Times, Neff brought in nearly $600,000 to the newsroom by using lawyers -- working on contingency -- to sue for improperly withheld public records in Washington state. In 19 states, the losing agency must pay the requester’s reasonable legal fees and sometimes even hefty financial penalties. Neff and open-records lawyer Townsend will explain winning tactics, including how to make your requests bulletproof from the start, how to select cases to pursue, and how find lawyers to take your case for free. If your journalism involves CA, CO, FL, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, NV, NJ, NM, OK, OR, RI, VT, WA or WV, you’ll want hear about this innovative approach.

    IRE Commons

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Mapping in Excel with ArcGIS maps for Office

    Speaker: Chris Vaillancourt of Esri

    Charts and graphs are a great way to start to tell your story but what happens when you want to go further? With ArcGIS Maps for office, you can create maps, perform analysis, and gain new understanding, without ever leaving Excel. Come to this session to learn how you can visualize your data in new ways that will capture your audience’s attention. With this session you will get hands-on experience with ArcGIS Maps for Office and complimentary access to ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Maps for Office so you can continue your visualization journey long after you leave the conference.

    Pinnacle 2

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Demo

    Security tools and techniques for journalists (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Mark Monday of independent journalist; Tom Liffiton of The Research School

    The digital world presents journalists with unique problems while communicating with sources or colleagues back in the newsroom. The objective of this presentation is to explore the digital security landscape and explain some of the tools and techniques journalists can use against the dangers they face. Topics will range from basic concepts of password management and spear phishing to the use of encryption, virtual machines, TOR, and steganography.

     

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Saturday #2 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Jeff Harris of WEWS-Cleveland

    **Moderated by Jeff Harris, WEWS-Cleveland

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Saturday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    The dark side of amateur sports

    Speakers: Josh Fine of HBO; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV; Mark Schlabach of ESPN

    From the little league fields to big-time college campuses, the drive to win at all costs is pervasive. Coaches cheat. Athletes prey on co-eds, and the administration looks the other way. Kids abuse their developing bodies to chase elusive scholarships. Parents cook the books for their personal benefit. This session will prep you to dig into the underbelly of sports.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Watchdogging police misconduct

    Speakers: Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University; Jonah Newman of Pacific Standard; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Ken Foskett of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    **Moderated by Ken Foskett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Three veteran investigative reporters offer insights into unearthing stories about cops who cross the line and the flaws in policing that harm civil rights. Learn how to mine police data, civil rights lawsuits, internal investigations, citizen complaints and other records for big stories.

    Grand Canyon 7

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Watchdogging state capitals

    Speakers: Eric Eyre of Charleston Gazette-Mail; Jay Root of The Texas Tribune; Barbara Rodriguez of The Des Moines Register; Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    **Moderated by Mark Horvit, University of Missouri

    With many newsrooms across the country drastically cutting back on state government coverage, it's more important than ever for all reporters to mine stories from the statehouse, whether it's coverage of the session, digging into state agencies or carving out bigger investigations. This session will look at building sources, managing and juggling your time to do statewide enterprise, and spotting investigations with the potential for impact.

     

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Animated videos for storytelling

    Speaker: Kavya Sukumar of Hearken

    Often complex ideas in a story don't get the attention they deserve because, let’s face it, you are allowed only one lede. Short animated videos are a great way to remedy this. They can bubble up interesting content in an easily shareable form that works on most devices. In this session, learn to create and publish your own animated video from scratch. This session is good for beginners new to making videos as well as for people with some experience in video production looking to add animation to your skill set.

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: 10 of the most important lessons I have learned (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Cindy Galli of ABC News; Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans; Stephen Stock of NBC Bay Area

    Even the best veteran journalists have made their share of mistakes – or, at least have come close. What stories shaped their journalistic process and what can you learn from their tales? Attend this session to find out.

    Grand Sonoran G

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Changing climate, changing weather (Sponsored by Society of Environmental Journalists)

    Speakers: Jeff Burnside of independent journalist; Tony Davis of Arizona Daily Star; Christy George of independent journalist

    Your audience is fascinated by the weather report, but climate change still gets little traction in many newsrooms. The impacts of the changing climate are already being felt and observed. We'll point to great graphics and videos and help you identify local angles on what is arguably the most important story on the planet.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Digital reporting: Learn from duPont winners

    Speakers: Madeleine Baran of American Public Media; Beth Murphy of The GroundTruth Project; Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver; Lisa R. Cohen of Columbia Journalism School

    **Moderated by Lisa R. Cohen, Columbia Journalism School

    The duPont-Columbia Award began accepting online entries in 2010, and they've been growing by leaps and bounds every year. Many duPont winners now use digital platforms to deepen their reporting. Find out how award-winning reporters think creatively to make the most of these tools.

    Grand Canyon 6

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Demo

    Drawing for a better brain (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Leah Kohlenberg of Art for Journalists

    Can learning to draw improve your writing and reporting skills? Can you, a reporter who is good with words but only able to draw a stick figure, learn to draw? Yes, you can! To prove it, come take this hour-long drawing lesson from a Time Magazine reporter/writer turned professional artist and art teacher. You'll walk away with a finished drawing and a newfound understanding of how exercising the right side of your brain can help you in your professional life. All materials provided. No drawing experience necessary!

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    How to make sources the way the spies do

    Speakers: Adam Goldman of The New York Times; Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times; Ali Soufan of The Soufan Group

    **Moderated by Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times

    How do the FBI and CIA spot potential sources, build rapport and take that difficult step of getting them to provide information? Hear from those who have done it, and how you can do it better.

    Grand Canyon 7

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Identifying and solving ethical dilemmas

    Speakers: Kristen Hare of Poynter; Lynn Walsh of Trusting News project

    Investigative reporting often comes with new and complex challenges -- including when it comes to ethics. This session will dive into examples of ethical challenges faced before, during and after an investigation, including questions related to digital and innovative storytelling and linking to original source documents and data.

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Intro to R

    Speaker: Ronald Campbell of NBC Owned Television Stations

    Give a statistical lift to your reporting with R, the powerful, open-source programming language. This session will cover R basics in a fast-paced tour of Arizona census data. You will learn how to import, organize and analyze information with R.

    This session is good for: People comfortable with coding, people with basic data knowledge.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Localize that investigation - using AP data to do your own stories

    Speakers: Meghan Hoyer of The Associated Press; Troy Thibodeaux of The Associated Press

    Do you like the idea of having someone else do the grunt work on data analysis projects for you? Want to find out how to get access to dozens of ready-to-report data-driven projects each year? Come to this IRE Commons session to learn more about the AP’s efforts to distribute to our members local and national data on topics ranging from education to health to housing.

    We’ll walk through how members can access our data, use the data-distribution platform data.world, and get access to webinars and AP journalists to help tell local stories from the data.  We also want to hear from members about how we can make our data work for you. If your organization is an AP member, you’ll have a chance to sign up for our pilot project sharing data via data.world.

     

    IRE Commons

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Management: Hiring to reflect the community you cover

    Speakers: Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Rick Rodriguez of Arizona State University; Martin G. Reynolds of The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; Mi-Ai Parrish of The Arizona Republic

    **Moderated by Martin G. Reynolds, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

    Developing a workforce that is reflective of your community remains a challenge for most news organizations. The obstacles are plentiful, but success is not impossible. It takes commitment and a plan. Come hear from three newsroom leaders about the challenges, successes and specific steps they took (or know need to be taken) to ensure news organizations are reflective of society.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Putting your community under a microscope--and keeping it there

    Speakers: James Barragan of The Dallas Morning News; Morgan Cook of San Diego Union-Tribune; Chris Hepp of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Brett Murphy of USA TODAY Network

    **Moderated by Brett Murphy, Naples Daily News

    Three journalists will show you the best ways to hold local institutions to account – with new and old tricks. They'll discuss finding investigations, mining underappreciated public records and building your own databases.

    Grand Canyon 8

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Saturday #3 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Matt Goldberg of NBCUniversal

    **Moderated by Matt Goldberg, NBC4 Los Angeles

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Saturday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Friday.

     

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Awards Luncheon

    IRE Awards Luncheon (Sponsored by NBC Universal Owned Television Stations and NBC News)

    A highlight of the IRE conference, the IRE Awards Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Grand Saguaro Ballroom. We will present the 2016 IRE Awards and salute some of the best investigative work of the past year, and will hear from keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine.

    Admission to the luncheon is included with your conference registration

    Grand Saguaro Ballroom

    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Panel

    Battling fake news: How diversity fosters trust (Sponsored by The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the Trust Project)

    Speakers: Carlos Martinez de la Serna of Univision; Joaquin Alvarado of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Martin G. Reynolds of The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

    **Moderated by Joaquin Alvarado, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Fake news, disinformation, and a new administration that continues to intentionally discredit journalism and reputable news organizations -- while these issues peaked during the presidential campaign and intensified since Trump took office, trust in media has been eroding for years. However, an effort to address the trust gap is well underway, led by the Trust Project, which is working with researchers, journalists, technologists and designers to create usable tools to indicate trustworthy content. One of the key components to building trust is inclusive, culturally competent and nuanced portrayals of diverse communities. Learn about the indicators of trust and how the Maynard Institute's Fault Lines framework can help you engage your audience and narrow the trust gap.

    Grand Canyon 6

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Beginner PDF: Unleash the data - tools and tricks for taming PDFs

    Speaker: Miguel Barbosa of CitizenAudit

    This class will cover basic approaches for getting text out of PDF documents using powerful and freely available tools. Participants will be introduced to basic concepts and walked-through tackling common challenges encountered with tricky PDF documents.

    This class is best for: People who are unfamiliar with the PDF to text tools or would like to learn how these tools can be used for extracting difficult text from images embedded in PDF document

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Behind the lens (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Anna Hewson of KUSA/9News Denver; Matt Livingston of WXIA-Atlanta; Edward Ayala of KPHO-Phoenix

    When it comes to getting noticed, even the best in the business need to step up their game to stay on top. Every year the game changes. In this session, you will hear how several award-winning investigative producer/photojournalists integrate new technology, adapt to digital, and evolve the production roles "behind the lens.”

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Deep dive III (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: A. J. Lagoe of KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul; Steve Eckert of KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul; Dave Biscobing of KNXV-Phoenix; Guy Basnett of Channel 4 News; Job Rabkin of Channel 4 News

    Award-winning investigative journalists explain how they produced big projects for broadcast and online. Journalists will show their investigations and take you through them step-by-step, from story tip to finished product.

     

    Grand Sonoran G

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Deciphering deals: Reporting on politicians' conflicts of interest

    Speakers: Russ Choma of Mother Jones; Steve Eder of The New York Times; Lee Rood of The Des Moines Register

    Donald Trump and his cabinet of billionaires have put concerns over conflicts of interest into sharp focus, but Trump is not the only politician with potential conflicts. Learn how reporters dig into business records to identify the wealth, debts, and business dealings of local and national officials.

    Grand Canyon 7

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Explosions, leaks and toxic clouds: How to cover hazardous materials in your area

    Speakers: Beth Daley of InsideClimate News; Matt Dempsey of Houston Chronicle; Joshua Schneyer of Reuters

    How do you find environmental hazards in your area? What's the deal with toxic threats? Learn more about the data sets, sources and methods you need to cover the complicated and challenging world of hazardous materials.

    Grand Canyon 8

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Finding the story: Immigration

    Speaker: Angilee Shah of Public Radio International

    There are some 320 million people in the US. 43 million of them were born abroad. About 11 million people are undocumented and over 5.1 million children have one or more undocumented parent. 860,000 people have applied for temporary legal status because they were brought to the US without proper documentation as children. Over 500,000 people are waiting for their cases to be heard in immigration courts. Some 270,000 people in the US came as refugees. On any given day, about 40,000 people are in immigration detention.

    The numbers surrounding immigration can often be daunting and, sometimes, hard to track down. In this session, we’ll go through some of the most useful data sets available — and talk about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find. We’ll talk about how to use that data to get leads on local and national stories — and what to do when the government is not providing data about its immigration actions.

    Prerequisites: No technical skills are needed for this workshop, though a little bit of comfort with math and some perseverance will help.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 3

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating Big Ag

    Speakers: Nathan Halverson of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Brant Houston of University of Illinois; Mike McGraw of Kansas City Public Television (KCPT); Pam Dempsey of The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

    **Moderated by Pam Dempsey, The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

    Exploited migrant labor, trade wars, fertilizer and animal pollution, food safety, questionable federal farm energy subsidies -- these are just some of the issues that surround Big Ag today. Couple this with the Trump administration’s policies and practices, and the need for investigations into Big Ag's impact on farmers and consumers becomes even greater. Learn how to cover this topic through public data, documents and expert sources.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating privatization of public services (Sponsored by Bloomberg)

    Speakers: Jennifer Dixon of Detroit Free Press; Danielle Ivory of The New York Times; Seth Wessler of Investigative Fund; Donald Cohen of In the Public Interest

    **Moderated by Donald Cohen, In the Public Interest

    Across the country, federal agencies and state and local governments are accelerating the pace of privatization. From water systems to prisons, virtually every type of public service and asset has been shifted to private control. While some claim the private sector is more efficient than the government, outsourcing has often resulted in cost overruns, service failures, less transparency, and greater inequality. In this session, reporters will discuss award-winning investigations from the cutting edge of privatization in public education, the criminal justice system and public infrastructure.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Data rescue

    Speaker: Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR

    A new administration, budget cuts and uncertainty in Washington, D.C. mean that important federal data is at risk. What are the new challenges to federal data and how can we save it from disappearing? Have a conversation with IRE’s Director of Data Services Charles Minshew to learn what IRE is doing to help.

     

    IRE Commons

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Management: How to start and run an investigative team

    Speakers: Walter Robinson of The Boston Globe; Patti Epler of Honolulu Civil Beat; Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Maggie Leung of NerdWallet

    **Moderated by Maggie Leung, NerdWallet

    Investigative reporting is happening in newsrooms large and small these days. Our panel of esteemed editors will discuss what it takes to start an investigative team -- and if it’s even a good idea.

    Other topics include the best ways to incorporate an investigative team into a newsroom, what you can expect in terms of costs, how to recruit and hire investigative reporters, and how to determine if your existing legal representation is up to the task (and, if not, what your options are).

    This session is for editors in newsrooms of all sizes, with a special emphasis on small operations.

     

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Next steps with R: Throw away your database software

    Speaker: T. Christian Miller of ProPublica

    But it can also be used as a database engine like MySQL or Access. This session will cover the basics of how to use R to organize, query and join data tables. This intermediate session will be linked with Intro to R and use the same Arizona census and hospital data.

    This session is good for: People with some knowledge of R and database programs.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Demo

    The situation map: Leveraging CARTO Builder for your news stories (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Mamata Akella of CARTO

    CARTO Builder is an intuitive, online mapping platform that can be used by journalists to analyze and visualize geospatial data on the web in real time. With this powerful tool, you can create customized, shareable maps to add location context to your news stories in a matter of minutes. During this session, we will demonstrate how you can leverage Builder to explore, analyze and visualize the multi-dimensional nature of your data, enabling you to share stories through maps in totally new and exciting ways.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Beyond casinos and smoke shops: Covering sovereign nations (Sponsored by the Fund for Investigative Journalism)

    Speakers: Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic; Stacy Thacker of FIJ/Schuster Institute; Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post; Jenni Monet of independent journalist

    **Moderated by Ziva Branstetter, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Our panelists will offer advice on moving beyond superficial coverage of Native American tribes and breaking enterprise and investigative stories on or off the beat. We'll discuss projects tackling thorny issues such as enrollment and blood quantum, federal housing policy and corruption within tribal governments. We'll tell you how to use FOIA to gather records on sovereign nations and how to use tribal law and procedure to gather previously undisclosed tribal government records. We'll also discuss tips on developing sources, building trust and staying ahead of your competition covering these issues.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Broadcast: Rolling out the big investigation (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

    Speakers: Jodie Fleischer of NBC4 Washington; Jeremy Rogalski of KHOU-Houston; Angela Hill of Scripps Washington Bureau

    Rolling out the big investigation no longer means “made for TV” and, for most of us, it doesn’t mean disappearing for months to work on one story. See how rolling out an investigation in multiple parts can give each piece laser focus and result in long-term traction that can drive results. We’ll also show you how to target social media influencers to build interest before the story breaks, and how to use multiple platforms within and outside your newsroom to increase your audience.

    Grand Sonoran G

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Finding the “perfect” example for your investigation

    Speakers: Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Trish Callahan of ProPublica; Emily Le Coz of GateHouse Media

    A bad example can ruin a perfectly good investigation. Learn how to find characters, examples and experts that will make your story hard to ignore. We will discuss interviewing and reporting tips so you can gather enough information to tell a gripping narrative. We'll discuss what to do when you come across contradictory information, confusing documents and sources who say they won't talk. You'll walk away with writing and reporting tips to make your next investigation better.

    Grand Canyon 8

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Get your map online with Google Fusion Tables, CartoDB and other simple tools

    Speaker: Rachael Gleason of Hearst Newspapers

    Learn how to combine free and affordable digital tools to turn dull maps into stunning visualizations.

    Pinnacle Peak 3

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Going global: Getting internationally networked

    Speakers: Mirwais Jalalzai of independent journalist; Rana Sabbagh of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ); Yasuomi Sawa of Kyodo News; David Kaplan of Global Investigative Journalism Network; Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

    **Moderated by David Kaplan, Global Investigative Journalism Network

    From money to food to toys, the trail into our communities increasingly leads overseas. Learn how to get connected across borders using networks and resources that will quickly globalize your reporting.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Intermediate PDF: Using OCR to extract data from PDFs

    Speaker: Miguel Barbosa of CitizenAudit

    Learn how to use tools for extracting text from documents. The seminar will discuss the fundamentals of knowing the best tool for the job, a walk-through using online web applications, and an introduction to cracking tough cases using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

    This class is best for: People who are familiar with basic pdf extraction tools but would like to learn how to use OCR from the command line.

     

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating sexual abuse

    Speakers: Maud Beelman of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Alan Judd of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Marisa Kwiatkowski of USA TODAY Network

    Sex-abuse scandals have shaken institution after institution in recent years: the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, an Olympic team, the medical profession. But the abuse might never have come to light if not for thorough, sensitive reporting by news organizations around the country. Our panel will share insights into telling difficult stories that powerful forces often want to keep secret.

    Grand Canyon 7

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Commons: Journalists are people, too - dealing with burnout

    Speaker: Tisha Thompson of ESPN

    Investigative reporting is exciting and rewarding. It's also exhausting. Stop by the IRE Commons to discuss some good strategies for dealing with burnout. From the Friday evening news dump to the post-investigation hangover, we'll brainstorm tips to keep you sane and ready to take on your next big story.

    IRE Commons

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Demo

    Practical tips to make you look better on Skype/Facetime (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Karl Idsvoog of Kent State University

    Technology makes it easier than ever to break news with Facetime and Skype. See examples and get practical tips you can apply immediately to improve your results.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Pro Se Power: How to sue for public records on your own

    Speakers: David Cuillier of The University of Arizona; Craig Hoffman of Ballard Spahr LLP; Jorge Rojas of FOIA litigant

    When agencies illegally deny you records, don’t take the law into your own hands: Take ‘em to court. As news organizations become less inclined to pay for litigation, more journalists and citizens are having to sue for records on their own. Learn the basics of filing a public records suit at the local or federal level, and how to tap into legal resources to get a sense for how strong a case you might have to avoid setting bad case law.

    Grand Canyon 6

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Quick-turn investigations

    Speakers: Madi Alexander of Bloomberg Government; Brad Branan of The Sacramento Bee; Andy Pierrotti of WXIA-Atlanta

    With the era of year-long investigations waning, this session will provide strategies, tips and resources for doing enterprise stories in a few days or weeks. Learn how to take your beat to the next level by incorporating documents and data into your everyday reporting.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Show and Tell

    Show & Tell *Saturday #4 (Sponsored by Napoli Management Group)

    Speaker: Mikel Schaefer of WVUE-New Orleans

    **Moderated by Mikel Schaefer, WVUE-New Orleans

    Show & Tell sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

    Reserve a slot online: Saturday sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Using R for spatial analysis and visualization (intermediate)

    Speaker: Andrew Tran of The Washington Post

    In this session, we'll be using R for spatial analysis and creating publication-worthy map graphics. Learn how to go beyond the dots to dig deeper and tell better stories with location data in bulk. 

    This session is good for: People who have taken the previous two R classes or have some knowledge of R.

     

    Pinnacle 2

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Membership Meeting

    IRE Membership meeting

    Doug Haddix, IRE's Executive Director, will hold a membership meeting for all IRE members on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Grand Saguaro North.

    Grand Saguaro North

    5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    Grand Saguaro North

    6:15 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Reception

    Closing reception (Co-sponsored by CNN and IRE)

    Join us for a closing reception Saturday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Grand Saguaro South, East & West and enjoy one last evening of catching up with old and new friends, speakers and colleagues.   

    Hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Conference nametags are required for entry.

    Grand Saguaro South, East & West

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Special Event

    IRE Conference Sales (Sunday)

    Stop by the IRE Conference sales table and browse our merchandise, including the IRE bookstore's most popular titles and shirts.

    Grand Sonoran F Foyer

    8:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Hands-on

    Easy, free online dataviz tools

    Speaker: Arun Karki of Center for Data Journalism-Nepal

    Learn how to add free data visualizations to your stories quickly with tools including JuxtaposeJS, used for creating before-and-after imagery, and StorymapJS, a simple tool for creating embeddable maps.

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Exposing religious organizations

    Speakers: Michele Chabin of independent journalist; Ismael Estrada of CNN

    Religious organizations have always offered power, wealth and opportunity to the individuals who run them. Their leaders have an elevated status and fervent followers, all of which make it difficult to expose wrongdoing when it occurs. In this session, you’ll hear how to navigate the challenges of reporting on faith, insights on breaching the walls of silence that surround religious leaders and organizations, and how to hold them accountable.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Demo

    How to become an instant expert using Google: Advanced search methods (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Daniel Russell of Google

    It's happened to you--you need to do a story on a topic that's completely outside of your experience. Surely there's someone more qualified? The answer is usually NO. Now what? Now you have to come up to speed on that topic ASAP. In this mini-course I'll show you the strategies and tactics I use to learn a domain as rapidly as possible. You won't be an expert, but you'll have a bunch of tips and methods to get to competence quickly. I can't make you pass the PhD exam in quantum physics, but a little knowledge about learning and Google search strategies can get to through that story.  

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Let's get creepy: Backgrounding tips from a journalist and librarian

    Speakers: Lauren Grandestaff of IRE and NICAR; Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    Backgrounding sources can be a tedious and time-consuming process. But there's nothing worse than being caught off-guard in the moments before publication – or, even worse, after publication. We'll help you develop a list of go-to online tools and resources to speed up the process, and run through a couple scenarios to show you how they work in practice.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Optimizing a news organization for trust: Lessons from De Correspondent's success in The Netherlands

    Speaker: Jay Rosen of New York University

    Founded in 2013, the Dutch startup De Correspondent is the most successful member-funded news site in the world. It now has 56,000 members paying 60 Euros a year because they believe in the mission, a budget of $3.5 million, 21 full-time correspondents, 75 paid freelancers, and a supporting cast of 25 editors, developers and business people.

    No ads. No sponsors. No fat cat donors. No foundations that can cut off funding. No tracking. No clickbait. No targeting. No captivity to the daily news cycle. The model grants broad latitude to the writers to define their own beats and decide their own reporting projects. In exchange they are required to bring readers into the reporting process and treat members as a knowledge community. It works: They have an 80 percent renewal rate, which is very high for a membership community. Now they are planning to expand to the U.S.

    Jay Rosen of NYU is working with De Correspondent on its expansion plans. He will explain how their "writer = knowledge community" model works and answer questions about member-funded journalism. He will also explain how De Correspondent optimizes everything it does to generate user trust. Bring your experiences with crowd-sourcing and reader engagement in the reporting process, and we can compare notes.

     

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    Web scraping 101: Harvesting data with Python **pre-registration required

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    Need a spreadsheet but the information only exists on a web page? Learn how to scrape the data and build it yourself.

    This intro-level class will show you how to use the programming language Python to scrape simple web pages. We'll introduce you to the command line and show you how to write enough code to fetch, parse and analyze content from the web.

    With the basics of Python under you belt after this three-hour course, you'll have a solid grounding for all your future scraping adventures.

    Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

    Workshop prerequisites: None

     

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Pinnacle Peak 1

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Starting over: When you move to a new market

    Speakers: Jon Craig of independent journalist; Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

    Tired of being downsized out of a news career? Looking to make a dramatic change to your beat, outlet or location? Hannah Dreirer and Jon Craig will offer their insights based on their experiences putting down investigative reporting roots in new cities and states. In this age of fewer long-term projects and more pressure to produce stories and page views in less time, Craig and Dreier will offer tips on hitting unfamiliar ground running while developing high-impact stories. They will also discuss coming up with projects that match your passions on a low budget or while working with skeptical -- even unsupportive -- editors. The session is aimed at helping people just getting started in journalism, as well as veteran journalists who may be struggling to find a news job after a buyout or layoff.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Hands-on

    The fast and the mapped: QGIS basics

    Speaker: David Montgomery of St. Paul Pioneer Press

    Learn the basics of how to make maps with QGIS, including mapping, styling and analyzing data. This class requires no prior experience with QGIS or mapping.

    Pinnacle 3

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Career roundtable

    Speakers: Christine Mai-Duc of Los Angeles Times; Hilary Powell of WSBT-South Bend; Stephen Stock of NBC Bay Area; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV; Norberto Santana of Voice of OC

    **Moderated by Jill Riepenhoff, The Columbus Dispatch

    Looking for advice on how to take the next step in your career? Get practical tips from panelists who will talk about their own experiences and discuss what employers are looking for.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Cool apps and tools for digging deeper

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    Explore third-party apps that add horsepower to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn how to produce quick interactive maps without the need for coding and programming skills. See how to automate and streamline tasks using If This Then That (IFTTT). Organize and analyze reports, memos and other documents with DocumentCloud. Plus, you'll discover other free or low-cost tools to strengthen watchdog reporting.

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Excel tricks

    Speaker: Rob O'Dell of The Arizona Republic

    Learn about various tools and functions in Excel that come in handy when you need to restructure or otherwise get your data ready for analysis. We'll cover string functions, logical functions, date functions, merging data using lookup functions, and perhaps a few other nifty tricks if time allows. This is a fast-paced class intended to introduce you to these tools, not master them.

    Pinnacle 2

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Immigrants are people too: Finding stories in immigration court and detention facilities (Sponsored by Arizona Latino Media Association)

    Speakers: Valeria Fernández of independent journalist; Daniel Gonzalez of The Arizona Republic; Richard Ruelas of The Arizona Republic; Nick Oza of The Arizona Republic; Maritza L. Felix of Telemundo Arizona

    **Moderated by Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic

    As immigration becomes a nationwide issue, more reporters are finding stories inside detention facilities and courts. Learn how these systems work from journalists who have successfully mined them for stories. Get tips on access and overcoming obstacles to finding compelling tales.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Hands-on

    IRE open lab

    **Taught by IRE/NICAR Staff

    Stumped while trying to figure out a data problem? New to data journalism and want advice on where to start? Come get free, one-on-one help from the IRE/NICAR data experts and discuss next steps with our staff members. We’re happy to answer your questions on Excel, SQL, R, QGIS, Python and more!

    Pinnacle Peak 3

    10:15 am - 12:30 pm

  • Demo

    Lessons learned by journalist-turned-private investigator (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Rich Robertson of R3 Investigations

    An investigative reporter-turned-private investigator shares how the two worlds differ and are similar. He will show some of the tools and tricks of his new trade, and discuss what he would do differently if he were a reporter again.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Protect yourself now: The independent writer’s legal guide to contracts, clauses & conundrums

    Speakers: Victoria Baranetsky of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Art Neill of New Media Rights

    Bad contracts and predatory publishers are chilling independent investigative journalism, and other legal dangers pose major threats to freelancers and book authors. But you can fight back. We’ll teach you how to negotiate with clients and make sure your reporting doesn’t get you arrested. Plus: In an IRE 2017 exclusive, we’ll release the results of a survey of independent writers about how indemnity clauses are making them rethink sensitive investigative projects.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Arizona public records challenges and solutions

    Speakers: Joe Ferguson of Arizona Daily Star; Jim Small of Arizona Mirror; Dan Barr of Perkins Coie LLP; Rebekah Sanders of The Arizona Republic

    **Moderated by Dan Barr, Perkins Coie LLP

    This session will focus on how the Arizona Public Records Law works, how it is different from the federal Freedom of Information Act and how reporters can better use it for both long-term projects and daily reporting. Special attention will be given to requesting and obtaining electronic records, and dealing with some of the roadblocks of delay and excessive costs that public bodies use to frustrate access to governmental information. In the era of shrinking budgets for legal challenges, the panel will also share practical tips for obtaining public records in a timely fashion that does not involve lawyers. Audience participation will be encouraged.

     

    Grand Canyon 9-10

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Backgrounding businesses

    Speakers: David Evans of Bloomberg News; Becky Yerak of The Wall Street Journal

    Whether you're writing about large, publicly traded companies or mom-and-pop operations, we'll deliver an arsenal of techniques for backgrounding companies, from hunting down lawsuits to extracting gems from SEC filings. We’ll also discuss shoe-leather reporting, including at trade shows and company facilities.

    Grand Canyon 1-3

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Pinnacle Peak 2

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Demo

    Handling your next big email or document dump, FBI-style (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

    Speaker: Aaron Kessler of CNN

    We've all been there: A big dump of documents and/or correspondence arrives, whether via a confidential source leaking you information or maybe just a hefty FOIA request that’s finally fulfilled. You're stuck trying to make sense of the mountain of information: Finding what's important, identifying those needles in the proverbial haystack, separating the wheat from the chaff. When law enforcement or intelligence agents face such a challenge, they turn to digital forensics for help. We'll cover how you can do the same without breaking the bank.

    Grand Canyon 11-13

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Lordy, I hope there's data

    Speaker: Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR

    U.S. agencies collect and hold data that helps us understand actions by the government, see trends throughout the country and provide important context to our reporting. We’ll discuss IRE’s efforts to save federal data and best practices for how you can save data on your own.

    Grand Sonoran B-D

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Unearthing property tax scandals

    Speaker: Matt Clark of Newsday

    This session offers a fast-paced overview of how property tax systems should work and how to identify ones that are broken. From quick-hit investigations to long-term, data-driven series like that recently published by Newsday’s investigative team, we will share numerous ideas for stories that are important to readers and viewers around the world. Learn how to spot intentional or unintentional failures in assessing and property tax exemptions. It’s possible your coverage area’s system is overtaxing low-income or minority property owners.

    Grand Canyon 4-5

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm