Turning your investigation into a book

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Blake Ellis of CNN; Melanie Hicken of CNN; Mary Shanklin of Fifth Estate Media; Mark Schlabach of ESPN
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: Oceans 4
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Non-fiction book writing is a creatively satisfying way of taking your investigative project to the next level, and to a potentially global audience. It‘s a great way to make use of all that research and reporting you did for your project that didn’t “make it in.” And it’s one of the last bastions of in-depth investigative reporting, especially for those not still working for large mainstream media outlets. Even though bookstores are closing, there are many exciting opportunities on publishing’s digital frontier. These published author/journalists share their best advice, and offer lessons learned and cautionary tales.

Speaker Bios

  • Blake Ellis is an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN. Her work has exposed everything from widespread sexual abuse in nursing homes to one of the longest-running scams in history. It has also inspired legislative action and government investigation. 

  • Melanie Hicken is an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN. Her work, along with reporting partner Blake Ellis, has exposed everything from widespread sexual abuse in nursing homes to a little red pill targeting the elderly. She is also the co-author of A Deal with the Devil, about one of the longest-running scams in history. Follow her at @melhicken.

  • @mark_schlabach is an investigative and college sports reporter for ESPN.

  • Veteran journalist turned publisher with Fifth Estate Media. Reported variety of beats at Orlando Sentinel, Florida Times-Union and USA Today. Work has appeared in Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. Journalistic honors include: Gerald R. Loeb, IRE, SPJ, EWA and 2017 Pulitzer finalist team report. Completed masters in publishing from George Washington University in 2014. Specializes in nonfiction hardcover, softcover, ebooks and audio books.

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