Writing the investigative book

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Tom Jennings of Carey Institute for Global Good; Suki Kim of independent journalist; David Cay Johnston of DCReport
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**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.


Speaker Bios

  • Tom Jennings is the Director of the Logan Nonfiction Program, a residency fellowship for long-form nonfiction writers and documentary filmmakers at the Carey Institute in upstate New York. He also teaches investigative reporting and documentary filmmaking at NYU. His work as a documentary producer - primarily for PBSFrontline - has won the George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Writer Guild of America Award, duPont-Columbia Award.

  • DCReport co-founder, Trump biographer and bestselling author teaching at Syracuse Law since 2009. Former IRE president; IRE medal for 2003 book Perfectly Legal. 2001 Pulitzer. NYT, LAT, Philly Inquirer, Detroit Free Press, SJ Mercury 1968-2008. Columnist Reuters, CJR, Tax Notes,Al Jazeera America, 2008-2016. Father of eight, grandfather of five. From Santa Cruz, Calif., living in Rochester NY since 1993. @DavidCayJ

  • Suki Kim is the only writer ever to go live undercover in North Korea, and the author of a New York Times bestselling Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite. An investigative journalist and a novelist, her first novel was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize, and her nonfiction regularly appears in places including The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, where she is a contributing editor. @sukisworld

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