Work Better Track: The juggling act: Balancing beat reporting with investigative work

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Karp of WBEZ Public Radio; Rob O'Dell of The Arizona Republic; Sean Sullivan of NJ Advance Media
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Oceans 6-8
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

We’ll try to answer the age-old question beat reporters have been asking since the beginning of time: How do you balance doing daily work with pursuing investigative work? We’ll offer tips on how you can excel at both speeds. Topics include: using quick-turns and dailies to fuel your bigger projects, techniques for ensuring you won’t get beat on competitive stories, using the news cycle to propel your investigation, and managing your editors and (more importantly) yourself.

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Karp is a reporter at WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio. A former reporter for Catalyst-Chicago, the Chicago Reporter and the Daily Southtown, Karp has covered education, and children issues for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has won five Education Writers Association awards, three Society of Professional Journalism awards and the 2005 Sidney Hillman Award. She is a native of Chicago. @sskedreporter

  • Rob O’Dell is a senior investigative and data reporter for the Arizona Republic. He joined the Republic in 2012 and specializes in using data to drive investigative reporting. His recent coverage of school vouchers was named as an honorable mention by the Robin Toner Prize. He has won six Best of the West awards. He is a past Gerald Loeb Award finalist and has been named Arizona Journalist of the Year three times by the Associated Press. @robodellaz

  • S.P. Sullivan covers criminal justice and state government for and The Star-Ledger. Sean's work investigating New Jersey's troubled medical examiner system in 2017 prompted the passage of a reform law signed by the state's governor earlier last year. He was also one of the lead reporters on The Force Report, a massive data-driven investigation published in 2018 that spurred the state attorney general to overhaul how New Jersey monitors police use-of-force. 

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