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

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Mikel Schaefer of WVUE-New Orleans; Letitia Walker of KATC-Lafayette
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

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.



Speaker Bios

  • Shawn McIntosh is editorial director at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, overseeing news content, including investigative reporting and data journalism. A career-long member of IRE, she credits the training and camaraderie offered here for any success she has had. She has previously been top editor in Jackson, Miss., and worked in investigative roles at The Dallas Morning News and USA TODAY. @shawnmcintosh and @AJCInvestigate

  • Mikel Schaefer's the News Director at WVUE-FOX 8 in New Orleans. His career began 35 years ago working the overnight shift. From there he became a sports producer, assignment editor, executive producer and assistant news director before taking over the news director position at FOX 8 in 2008. Schaefer's been part of teams honored with two Peabody's, three Columbia duPont's and multiple national Edward R. Murrow awards, including Overall Excellence in 2013 at FOX 8.

  • Letitia Walker is the News Director for KATC, the ABC affiliate out of Lafayette, LA.  She’s held the position for eleven years, which she was promoted to after working in various positions at the television station, including producer, reporter, and editor.  She worked at several Louisiana TV stations, both in-front-of and behind- the-camera, after graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge with a degree in Mass Communications.  @LetitiaWalker

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