Management: Editing investigative projects that cross mediums

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: John Hillkirk of Kaiser Health News; Marc Lacey of The New York Times; Charles Lewis of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 1-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

These days, it’s almost essential that projects showcase multiple ways to engage readers and viewers beyond the text itself. And each of these added storytelling methods – video, audio, interactives, flat graphics, animations, virtual reality, and beyond – requires innovative brainstorming and planning, as well as hands-on editing, so that the components complement one another and take advantage of each medium. This panel will showcase examples of award-winning projects that took advantage of what can be done across various platforms using a variety of storytelling tools.

Speaker Bios

  • John Hillkirk is a Senior Editor at Kaiser Health News, where he manages the investigative team. John was a reporter or editor at USA Today for 33 years. Most recently, he led the paper’s investigations team which won two IRE Silver Medals, a Loeb Award and a duPont-Columbia prize. John has co-authored three books. “Xerox: American Samurai,” “Grit, Guts and Genius” and “A Better Idea: Redefining the Way Americans Work.” @johnhillkirk

  • Marc Lacey is the National Editor of The New York Times. He began in The Times' Washington Bureau, where he covered the White House during the end of the Clinton administration and the beginning of the Bush years. He later became a foreign correspondent based in Nairobi and Mexico City. He has covered a variety of conflicts, in Iraq, Sudan, Congo and Somalia.

  • Charles Lewis is a professor and founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University in Washington. A former producer for ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes, he founded two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The author or co-author of six books, he was awarded the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in 2018. 

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