Broadcast: Managing your time doing GA and watchdog (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Erica Byfield of WNBC New York City; Lydia Hu of NY1 News; Melanie Woodrow of KGO/ABC7 San Francisco
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Sonoran G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This session is for general assignment and investigative journalists. We'll delve into how to maximize your time doing both, why general assignment and breaking news stories often yield long-form investigations, and how to cultivate sources and dig every day as a general assignment reporter. We'll spend half the session sharing our tips and the other half taking your questions.

Speaker Bios

  • Erica Byfield is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City. She joined News 4 New York in September 2016. Prior to that she spent nearly 6 years working for WSB-TV in Atlanta as an investigative and general assignment reporter. She also worked for KMOV in St. Louis, MO and for KFVS in Cape Girardeau, MO. Awards for her work include several regional Emmy awards, two regional Edward R Murrow awards and she was an IRE medal finalist. @ericabyfield4ny

  • Lydia is an investigative reporter and weekend anchor at WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham, Alabama. After 5 years practicing law in Baltimore, Maryland, she graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with honors. @LydiaHuWBRC

  • Melanie Woodrow is an Investigative MMJ for ABC7 News in San Francisco. She splits her time between ITeam MMJ and General Assignment reporting. Melanie has been a reporter for 15 years working at stations on both coasts. Previously she was the Investigative Reporter for the nationally syndicated daytime talk show The Doctors. When Melanie isn’t reporting, she is usually practicing or teaching yoga. You can follow her on Twitter @MelanieWoodrow

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