Starting over: When you move to a new market

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jon Craig of independent journalist; Hannah Dreier of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 25 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Sonoran B-D
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Tired of being downsized out of a news career? Looking to make a dramatic change to your beat, outlet or location? Hannah Dreirer and Jon Craig will offer their insights based on their experiences putting down investigative reporting roots in new cities and states. In this age of fewer long-term projects and more pressure to produce stories and page views in less time, Craig and Dreier will offer tips on hitting unfamiliar ground running while developing high-impact stories. They will also discuss coming up with projects that match your passions on a low budget or while working with skeptical -- even unsupportive -- editors. The session is aimed at helping people just getting started in journalism, as well as veteran journalists who may be struggling to find a news job after a buyout or layoff.

Speaker Bios

  • Jon Craig has worked as a lifelong journalist in New York, Ohio and Washington, D.C. His reporting has taken him to Turkey and the North Pole, tornado paths, nuclear power mishaps, commuter train wrecks, Death Row and Ground Zero. His protection of confidential sources led to a jail sentence that was eventually overturned. IRE encouraged, inspired and recognized his reporting efforts with awards in the [email protected]

  • Hannah Dreier has been the AP’s correspondent in Venezuela for the past three years. In July, she will start covering immigration for ProPublica. Her 2016 "Venezuela Undone" series won the Overseas Press Club’s top prize and the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, among other awards. Earlier, Dreier was based in Sacramento and Las Vegas for AP, and worked as a metro reporter at the San Jose Mercury News @hannahdreier.

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