Digging with documents

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; James Grimaldi of The Wall Street Journal; Vicky Nguyen of NBC News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

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.

Speaker Bios

  • Jaimi Dowdell is a data journalist for Reuters. Previously she was training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and data editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. @JaimiDowdell [email protected]

  • James Grimaldi is a senior writer on the investigative desk at The Wall Street Journal. A former IRE president, he now serves on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He won a Pulitzer in 2006 and has won many other awards, including an IRE FOI award in 2010 and a Dirksen award from the National Press Foundation in 2018. He previously worked for The Washington Post, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and San Diego Tribune. He is based in Washington, D.C. 

  • Vicky Nguyen is an investigative & consumer correspondent for NBC News. Her award-winning reporting has led to multiple state and federal investigations and to changes in national policies. Vicky's work has been recognized with a National Emmy, the duPont Columbia Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Business & Financial Journalism, 3 Gracies, & 2 Sigma Delta Chi awards. Her favorite part of investigative journalism is seeing the impact of the reports. @VickyNguyenTV

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