Speed critiques for yungins' (Sponsored by Google)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Kellie Burkett of WPXI-Pittsburgh; Jodi Cohen of ProPublica; Tom Dolan of Dolan Media Management; Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Brad Hamilton; Laurie Jacoby of Napoli Management Group; Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Julia B. Chan of Mother Jones; Philip Maravilla of Rocky Mountain PBS; Mizell Stewart III of USA TODAY Network; Curtis Gilbert of American Public Media
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Megan Luther, IRE/NICAR

This is a chance to meet one-on-one with your expert of choice. They will be there to offer speed critiques of your work, resume and story ideas. If you have video, make sure to bring your own player. Fifteen minutes before the start of the session, we will post five numbered business cards for each expert. Once those are gone, the speed critique sessions are full. Please review the bios of each of the experts to find your best fit.

Speaker Bios

  • I worked as a producer in the Special Projects Unit at WSB-TV in Atlanta for 8 years, working on numerous daily and ratings-period specials, making a lot of them into half-hour prime time specials. In 2016, I moved back home to Western PA to be the Executive Producer of Special Projects at WPXI. I am over investigations, our WPXI Now streaming channel, sports and special events like Olympics & Elections. @WPXIKellloB

  • Julia B. Chan leads editorial and engagement initiatives as the Director of Audience at Mother Jones. She was previously the Digital Editor at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting where she managed content strategy, story production and audience engagement for its radio show/podcast and long-form investigations. Julia serves on AAJA’s national board and founded Journalists of Color, a global community of digitally savvy and diverse journalists. @juliachanb

  • As President of Dolan Media Management, Tom Dolan recruits and trains managers for TV stations. Previously, Tom was VP News at KSAZ-TV and 20 years with ABC owned stations. Tom modeled the first investigative Unit as News Director at WLS-TV that committed a reporter/producer team to produce timely pieces off topical stories. As a consultant, Tom has done IRE workshops on managing daily investigative and continues to train TV stations on investigative best practices.

  • Ellen Gabler is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining the Times, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter and deputy investigations editor. A native of Eau Claire, Wis. Gabler is a graduate of Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a former IRE board member. @egabler

  • Curtis Gilbert is a correspondent for APM Reports, an investigative reporting group based at American Public Media. His recent work has focused on police training and juvenile corrections. He also contributed to the Peabody Award-winning podcast "In the Dark." Prior to joining APM Reports, he covered city politics for Minnesota Public Radio News.

  • Long-time investigations editor at the New York Post, Hamilton is now editor of the Contently Foundation, a non-profit for enterprise journalism in New York. His work has appeared in Playboy, the New York Times, Harper's, the L.A. Times, the Village Voice -- and honored with awards from the New York Press Club and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He's a former lecturer at NYU and YMCA volunteer of the year for creating a journalism program for students.

  • Laurie Jacoby was the first agent hired by Napoli Management Group in the spring of 1995. She represents broadcast talent at the locals, networks, and in cable. She has cultivated loyal and diverse clients who are among the best in the business. Years of experience and a strong reputation have led industry executives and managers to rely on and respect her judgment. Prior to NMG, Jacoby was Vice President with Geller Media Management in New York and Los Angeles.

  • Megan Luther is an investigative producer with InvestigateTV, Gray Television's national investigative team. Previously, she was IRE's Senior Training Director and a data analyst for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan, mother of two, works remotely in South Dakota. @MeganLuther

  • Philip Maravilla is the investigative producer at Rocky Mountain PBS. Prior, he was the Denver bureau chief for Al Jazeera America. He began his career as a public radio reporter at KQED, followed by a 12-year stint at ABC News Nightline. Next, he was the Miami bureau producer for CBS News. At Nightline he won an Emmy for coverage of a Marine unit fighting in Afghanistan. At Al Jazeera he won an Overseas Press Club Award for coverage of the Gaza war.

  • Mizell Stewart III is a lifelong journalist and community servant with a passion for transforming organizations and lives for the better. Today, he is Vice President/News Operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network and an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Previously, he was the Managing Director and Chief Content Officer for Journal Media Group and Vice President/Content for the newspaper division of The E.W. Scripps Company. 

  • Todd Wallack is an investigative reporter and data journalist on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. He has won national awards for his work on public records and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize four times as part of small teams, including in 2018 for a series examining Boston's reputation for racism. Wallack was selected as a Nieman fellow for 2019-2020. @twallack

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