Storytelling Track: Immersion: Making the most of a long deadline

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ted Conover of New York University; Leon Dash of University of Illinois; Maya Rao of Author
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 10:15am
  • Location: Oceans 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

When does it make sense to "immerse" (and what does that even mean)? What does this approach demand in terms of reporting and of writing? What questions arise in an extended relationship with a source? We'll try to offer some tips on the blessing (and the curse) of a long lead time.

Speaker Bios

  • Ted Conover's Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other books include Coyotes, Rolling Nowhere, Whiteout and The Routes of Man; he is the author, most recently, of Immersion. Conover writes for the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Smithsonian, and many other publications. He is director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

  • Leon Dash was a reporter for The Washington "Post" for 32 years. Among numerous awards, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for a Post series about an underclass family entitled "Rosa Lee’s Story: A Mother and Her Family in Washington, D. C."  New York University’s journalism department selected "Rosa Lee’s Story" in 1999 as one of the best 100 works in 20th-century American journalism.

  • Maya Rao is the author of "Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier," a narrative nonfiction book about the North Dakota oilfield published in April 2018 by Public Affairs/Hachette. The book explores the largest oil rush in modern U.S. history. She is currently a D.C. correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and has been published in Longreads, the Atlantic,  Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, and the Awl. 

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