Management Track: Why don’t you just do what I want? Improving the editor/reporter relationship

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Rob Barry of The Wall Street Journal; Jennifer Forsyth of The Wall Street Journal; Laura Frank of Rocky Mountain PBS; Mark Rochester of Detroit Free Press; Alison Young of Missouri School of Journalism
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 2
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

So, you think your editor is unreasonable and just doesn't get it. Your editor thinks you need regular nudging to stay on track and meet deadlines. Relax. Our panel of veterans from both sides of the newsroom will help you with tips, suggestions and strategies to manage up, manage down, manage across and generally make the whole process work. (At least, most of the time).

Speaker Bios

  • Rob Barry helps lead The Wall Street Journal's investigative data team. Recently, he has reported on topics including nation-state hacking and influence operations, the Trump administration, narcotics trafficking and terrorist financing. @rob_barry

  • Jennifer is deputy chief of investigations for The Wall Street Journal. In that position she helps manage a team of 8 reporters, 6 data specialists, a news researcher, a graphics editor and a videographer. Most recently she has managed a 3-year data driven probe of derelict health care on Native American reservations. She helped to run the Journal's coverage of Trump's hush money, for which the team won the Pulitzer prize for national reporting. 

  • Laura Frank is VP of Journalism at Rocky Mountain PBS, where she leads a duPont-winning investigative team. She founded I-News, the investigative news nonprofit that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Media in 2013, the first such merger in the nation. She was a founding member of the Institute for Nonprofit News ( and now serves as its board chair.

  • Rochester, Senior News Director_Investigations at The Detroit Free Press, has overseen investigations resulting in federal and state legislation, congressional hearings and regulatory reviews. His career includes senior management positions at the Indianapolis Star, Newsday, the Denver Post, Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He served on the national board of directors of Investigative Reporters & Editors. @mjrochester

  • Alison Young will become the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism in August, after nearly 10 years as an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. She is a past president of IRE’s board. She has revealed safety lapses at bioterror research labs, hazards near forgotten lead factories, and the criminal backgrounds of dietary supplement makers. Her current series ( reveals the role of substandard hospital care in maternal deaths. Honors include three Gerald Loeb Awards, three Scripps Howard Awards and a duPont-Columbia Award. @alisonannyoung

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