Technology and Tools Track: Emerging tools for investigative journalists

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Meredith Broussard of New York University; Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University; Nicholas Whitaker of Google News Lab
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 6-8
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

These days, staying up to date on new tools and separating reality from science fiction can feel like a full-time job… on top of everything else we have to do. We will walk through what emerging tools we’re using and excited about, why it’s worth making the case for experimentation, even in a small newsroom, and how to incorporate new tools into your reporting, your newsroom and your audience experience.

Speaker Bios

  • Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. Follow her on Twitter @merbroussard or contact her via

  • Cheryl Phillips teaches journalism at Stanford, is the founder of Big Local News and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. She worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years as a reporter and editor. She twice was part of breaking news coverage that received the Pulitzer Prize and twice served on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas. She is a former IRE board president. @cephillips

  • Nicholas Whitaker is the Training and Development Manager at the Google News Lab - a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. You can learn more at @nickdigital

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