Facebook Live (Live!) (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Baxter of Spotlight PA; Erica Proffer of KVUE/ABC Austin
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 11-13
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Investigations take tons of manpower and lots of newsroom resources. To get the most reach out of your story, this session will explore how investigative reporters and newsrooms use social media tools, such as Facebook Live, and non-traditional partnerships to reach as big of an audience as possible, maximize impact and create a potential for change.

Speaker Bios

  • Christopher Baxter is the founding editor in chief of Spotlight PA, a statewide investigative newsroom based in Harrisburg, Pa., and in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Lancaster Media Group. Previously, Baxter was the editor for data and investigations at NJ Advance Media (The Star-Ledger & NJ.com). He has served various roles as an investigative reporter, mentor, coach and editor. Follow him on Twitter @cbaxter1.

  • Erica is a national award-winning investigative reporter with experience ranging from documentary storytelling to quick-turn investigative news stories. Her nearly 7 years on the U.S./Mexico border has led to exposing human trafficking in Texas, revealing vulnerabilities at our Ports of Entry as well as showing cartel staging grounds on U.S. land. She now works in Austin, Texas, incorporating social media listening in her investigations. @ericaproffer

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