Storytelling Track: How to outline for stories big and small

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Pat Beall of The Palm Beach Post; Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Post; James Neff of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Crystal E
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

You've gathered all of the goods: dynamite interviews, juicy documents, key data and more. Now what? How best to organize and tell your story? A trio of successful writers and editors will share tips on how to corral all of that material and turn it into a story that's clear and compelling. Outlining can be a critical and often overlooked component of a successful story. Roman numerals optional.

Speaker Bios

  • Pat Beall is an investigative reporter with The Palm Beach Post and host of the podcast “Dancing Oligarchs.”  She has won multiple national, regional and state awards for stories on the opioid epidemic, criminal justice and her memoir of child abuse; most recently a 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Award, Non-Deadline Reporting and Second Place, 2019 National Headliner Awards, Investigative Reporting, for tracking the origins of the heroin epidemic to Florida drug policy.  @beall1.

  • Stephanie McCrummen is a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post. She was the lead reporter on the team that won a 2018 Polk Award for Political Reporting and the 2018 Toner Prize for stories that uncovered Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s pursuit of teenaged girls. Previously, she was East Africa bureau chief for the paper. She joined the Post in 2004. Stephanie is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Jim is deputy managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he oversees its 10-member, Pulitzer-winning I-Team. He served 10 years on IRE's board, including a term as president. He is the author of five works of nonfiction, including "Mobbed Up," an IRE Award winner adapted into the HBO film "Teamster Boss" and most recently "Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy vs. Jimmy Hoffa." Among Jim's passions are narrative  writing, archival research, and fighting for public records.  

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