Quick-turn investigations

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Madi Alexander of The Dallas Morning News; Brad Branan of The Sacramento Bee; Andy Pierrotti of WXIA-Atlanta
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 4:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

With the era of year-long investigations waning, this session will provide strategies, tips and resources for doing enterprise stories in a few days or weeks. Learn how to take your beat to the next level by incorporating documents and data into your everyday reporting.

Speaker Bios

  • Madi Alexander is a computational journalist at The Dallas Morning News. She was previously a data reporter at Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. Madi has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She volunteers for the Dallas puppy-raising chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Madi also keeps a database of all the national parks and historical sites she has visited — a total of 40 thus far. @MadiLAlexander

  • Brad Branan is a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee, where he specializes in watchdog coverage of local government. He has won many journalism awards, including one for best investigative reporting in California. He has been a fellow at Loyola's Journalist Law School and at Ohio State's Kiplinger Program. Brad previously worked for The Fresno Bee, the Tucson Citizen (R.I.P.), the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and other publications. @BradB_at_SacBee

  • Andy is an investigative reporter at 11Alive, the NBC TV affiliate in Atlanta. He's an accomplished journalist recognized with by George Foster Peabody, RTNDA, Scripps Howard Foundation and numerous regional Emmy chapters. His stories focus on government accountability, equality, criminal justice and consumer advocacy. Twitter: @AndyPierrotti

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