Finding, nurturing and protecting sources

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Mike Rezendes of The Associated Press; Stephanie Zimmermann of ABC News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Data reporting is hot, but your big scoop is still likely to come the old-fashioned way – from a source with insider knowledge of wrongdoing who is hoping you will expose it. Mike Rezendes will share some of his favorite techniques for cultivating reluctant sources, and Stephanie Zimmermann will explain how to set up a successful consumer tip-line and get ordinary people comfortable with talking on camera.

Speaker Bios

  • Mike Rezendes is a senior investigative reporter at The Associated Press. Previously, he worked for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and shared a Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Mike was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, once for an investigation of the debt collection industry, and more recently for an exposé of the mental health care system in Massachusetts. In 2015, Mike was played by Mark Ruffalo in the Academy Award-winning movie, “Spotlight.”

  • Stephanie joined the Brian Ross Investigative Unit in 2012 to create a national consumer-help feature – “The ABC News Fixer” – which appears on TV, radio and digital platforms. “The Fixer” airs on “Weekend Good Morning America” and has recovered $2M for frustrated consumers. Stephanie contributes to the unit’s investigations on topics such as recalls, auto safety and fraud. Before ABC, Stephanie was a columnist, reporter & editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. @ABCNewsFixer

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