Uncovering national security stories in your community

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; Stephen Coll of Columbia Journalism School; Josh Meyer of POLITICO
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 4
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Once largely the domain of reporters in Washington and overseas, covering issues relating to national and global (and homeland) security is now truly something that reporters in every town in America can — and should — do. From terrorism and transnational organized crime and drug syndicates to huge government boondoggles in security expenditures to rampant violations of civil liberties, there are a million important stories to do. Panelists will discuss how to get sourced up; how to find, report on and write up the many great national stories; and how to tackle international stories with local connections.

Speaker Bios

  • Steve Coll was appointed Dean of Columbia Journalism School in 2013 after serving as president of New America Foundation (2007-2012). He joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2005 and continues to write for the publication on politics, national security, and the media. Coll is also the author of eight nonfiction books, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and a former reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post (1985- 2005). 

  • Jaimi Dowdell is a data journalist for Reuters. Previously she was training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and data editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. @JaimiDowdell [email protected]

  • Josh Meyer is a senior investigative reporter for POLITICO in Washington, D.C., a three-term current IRE Board of Directors member and co-author of the 2012 book, "The Hunt For KSM, Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed." Previously, he was an award-winning 20-year staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and also has written for the NBC News Investigations Unit and other publications. @JoshMeyerDC

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