Thinking big: Building a network of students and professionals to tackle national projects

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Christopher Drew of Louisiana State University; Lindsay Huth of University of Maryland College Park; Rick Tulsky of Injustice Watch; Deborah Nelson of University of Maryland
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 4
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

A group of universities and nonprofit news organizations have banded together to collectively undertake an ambitious national project on limited funds. They will discuss the model they are developing, solicit suggestions from the crowd and connect with potential partners.

Speaker Bios

  • Christopher Drew was an investigative reporter at The New York Times for 21 years and co-wrote a bestselling book, "Blind Man's Bluff," on submarine espionage. He co-taught investigative reporting courses at the Columbia Journalism School for 10 years as an adjunct professor. He now holds an endowed chair in journalism at Louisiana State University and directs its in-depth reporting projects. @nytdrew

  • Lindsay Huth is a master's student in the multiplatform journalism program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she focuses on data and graphics. She leads the data reporting and web design and development for a national collaboration of nonprofits and student newsrooms investigating the plea bargain system. She has interned at U.S. News and World Report and Kansas City Public Television.

  • Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist based at University of Maryland, home of the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Recent student projects examined jail suicides with the AP, urban heat islands with NPR and juvenile lifers with PBS NewsHour. Nelson co-authored a series for Reuters on military base housing that won top honors from SPJ, NPC and WHCA last year. She previously worked at the Washington Post, LA Times and Seattle Times.

  • Rick Tulsky has more than four decades of experience undertaking investigations into systemic injustice, especially connected to the court system. An attendee at IRE's first conference and later IRE board member and president, Rick has worked at newsrooms including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times before co-founding the nonprofit newsroom Injustice Watch. He is a Nieman fellow, a lawyer, and a Pulitzer prize winner. @ricktulsky

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