Management Track: Partnerships: Pros/cons and how to dive in

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Stephen Engelberg of ProPublica; Will Fitzgibbon of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Lorie Hearn of inewsource; Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Matthew Sarnecki of Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project; Ellen Weiss of Scripps Washington Bureau; Brad Wolverton of NerdWallet
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Creative collaborations bring more firepower to news investigations. Learn about new approaches, tactics and models for successful partnerships in communities of all sizes. Hear about the downside of collaborations, too, and ways to learn from the mistakes of others. 

Speaker Bios

  • Stephen Engelberg is the editor in chief at ProPublica, the non-profit investigative organization. He worked previously at The Oregonian, where he was a managing editor, and The New York Times, where he founded the investigative unit and worked as both an editor and reporter. He joined ProPublica at its inception in 2008 as its first managing editor. @Steveengelberg

  • Will Fitzgibbon is a senior reporter with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). He has reported on ICIJ's major recent offshore exposés, including Swiss Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers and focuses his reporting on the politicians, criminals and tax dodging companies from and doing business in Africa.

  • Lorie Hearn is founder, executive director and editor of inewsource, an investigative reporting nonprofit in San Diego, CA. Her staff reports and writes for impact and has bettered lives and changed laws since inewsource launched 10 years ago. Their work has been recognized in the industry with nine national awards -- including two IRE certificates. Before starting inewsource, Hearn was a reporter on both coasts and finally senior editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune .

  • Amy Pyle is USA TODAY's National Investigations Editor, guiding multi-platform projects created by a team of reporters based across the country in collaboration with other teams, including reporters and editors around the Gannett Network. Previously, Amy was Editor in Chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helped launch the successful Reveal radio show/podcast and oversaw numerous award-winning projects. @amy_pyle

  • Matt Sarnecki is the Multimedia Editor and lead video producer at The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). He also files stories on occasion and takes photographs. He has produced investigative documentaries for the OCCRP broadcast across Europe. He has also produced documentary series featured in Powder Magazine and VICE.

  • Ellen Weiss has been Chief of Washington Bureau and Vice President of The E. W. Scripps Company since February 11, 2013. She oversees a multimedia national investigative team and in 2015 received her forth Peabody Award for the “Under the Radar” investigative series. In 2018, she helped launch a new initiative aimed at producing in-depth, original investigative, enterprise and long-form documentaries under the Scripps National news brand, Newsy. @Ellen_weiss
  • Brad is part of NerdWallet’s public interest team, whose goal is to uncover abusive practices in consumer finance. Since forming in 2016, the team has written about student loan scams and companies that wrongly wreck customers' credit, partnering with Raycom Media's national investigative team and The Texas Tribune. Previously, Brad worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he partnered with SI.com and The Huffington Post on sports investigations. @bradwolverton

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