Digging deeper during breaking news

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Christal Hayes of Orlando Sentinel; Eric Wieffering of Star Tribune; Steve Vockrodt of The Kansas City Star
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

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.

Speaker Bios

  • Christal was the first reporter for the Orlando Sentinel at three of Orlando's biggest stories in decades. She reported on the killing of singer Christina Grimmie, the Pulse nightclub shooting and an alligator that killed a toddler at Disney World. She also had a huge role in the Sentinel's long-term planning and coverage of the Pulse shooting, which led to the newspaper winning a National Headliner Award and being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

  • Steve Vockrodt is a business reporter for the Kansas City Star whose coverage ranges from real estate development to the private sector's intersection with local government. Responsibilities include daily news business coverage and investigations. Previously, Steve reported for Kansas City alternative newsweekly The Pitch, The Kansas City Business Journal and the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Kansas.

  • Eric works with journalists across the newsroom to encourage, coordinate and direct projects, investigations and off-the-news enterprise. He also works with senior editors to plan and select the most compelling mix of news and enterprise for the Star Tribune's Sunday readers. In the past two years stories produced by teams he supervised have won 6 National Headliner awards, including a first place for public service, and been IRE and Pulitzer finalists. @ewieffering

Related Tipsheets

  • Digging deeper during breaking news
    Christal Hayes guides you through turning breaking news into enterprising investigations. https://prezi.com/view/3FTmIOUVesm91LYezn8A/

  • Going Deep on Breaking News
    The 24-hour news cycle and the link economy – sharing of news stories over social networks – has changed reader expectations around major news events. The pressure to stay on top of daily developments is more intense than it has ever been. Even on so-called "commodity news" - a press briefing, a protest march - you cannot afford to be late. If your story does not appear near the top in search, or is not shared widely in social media, you lose eyeballs – maybe forever. As a result, it can be tough to find the time or bandwidth to pursue or develop quick turn enterprise or deeper investigations – stories that advance a continuous news event, or even change the outline of the narrative. But this kind of work is essential. Breaking news coverage attracts visitors; enterprise and investigations during breaking news can help turn visitors into paying subscribers. Here are some ways to balance the demands of daily coverage with the need to go deeper. They apply especially to the first days and weeks after a breaking news event. They worked well for us at the Star Tribune in the first two weeks after the shooting of Philando Castile.