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

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica; Louise Kiernan of ProPublica Illinois
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

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 …

Speaker Bios

  • Ken Armstrong is a senior reporter at ProPublica. Previous stops: The Marshall Project, Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. He’s won Pulitzers for investigative reporting and explanatory reporting, and shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news. He’s won six IRE Awards, a Peabody for radio, an Edgar for books, and a lifetime achievement award from Columbia. Twitter: @bykenarmstrong

  • Louise Kiernan is editor-in-chief of ProPublica Illinois, the first regional operation of ProPublica, the New York based investigative journalism non-profit. She comes to ProPublica from Northwestern University, where she was an associate professor of journalism and leader of the program’s social justice and investigative journalism specialization. Prior to that, she worked for the Chicago Tribune for 18 years as an editor and reporter.

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