Investigating immigration

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Pam Dempsey of The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Reade Levinson of Reuters; Sarah Macaraeg of USA TODAY Network; Maria Zamudio of APM Reports
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom I
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Move beyond routine stories about immigrants and immigration by digging deeper on key documents and data that might be new to you. You’ll learn where different datasets are located at the local, state and federal level as well as how to use alternative data sources to cover immigration. We’ll also discuss the ethical implications involved in covering such a hot-button topic. Regardless of where you live or work, you'll learn a variety of fresh story ideas and tips for producing watchdog stories about immigration that make a difference in your community.

Speaker Bios

  • Pam Dempsey is the executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. She is an award-winning journalist with investigative reporting and editing experience on topics including agribusiness, migrant farm workers, health, housing and Native American government. Dempsey is an online, print and radio journalist and has helped coordinate the start-up of two online newsrooms that heavily emphasize data journalism.

  • Reade Levinson is data journalist on the investigative team at Reuters News. @readelev

  • Sarah Macaraeg is an investigative reporter with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, part of the USA Today network. Her work has resulted in free calls for juvenile detainees in Shelby County, a Legislative Hearing on ICE detention in New Mexico and the regulation of a price-gouging, private water company in Arkansas. She has won the national Sidney Award, the Restorative Narrative Award and a Salute to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists.

  • Maria Ines Zamudio is an independent  award-winning  investigative  reporter.  In 2015,  Zamudio  and  a  team  of  reporters  from  NPR’s Latino  USA  received  a  Peabody  National  Award  for their  coverage  of  Central  American  migrants. She's worked as an investigative reporter for the Commercial Appeal Newspaper and The Chicago Reporter Magazine covering immigration and labor. She also covered aging for the Associated Press.

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