Technology and Tools Track: Bring your investigative reporting to life using animation

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Hilke Schellmann of The Wall Street Journal; Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica; Sam Ellis of Vox Media
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Got court transcripts of a particular riveting moment during a trial or first-hand accounts of abuse in a nursing home? This panel will show you new ways animation can bring documents and important moments of your investigation that happened behind closed doors to life. Animation can also help newsrooms attract a younger audience, who are naturally drawn to visual journalism and love to share exceptional work on social media. We will show how illustrations and motion graphics work and what best practices visual journalists have developed in their newsrooms. We will also tackle ethical pitfalls. And you will learn what you need to do to produce your own illustrations and explainer videos. This session requires no prior knowledge. 

Speaker Bios

  • Sam is a video journalist for covering foreign policy and geopolitics. His YouTube series, Vox Atlas, uses maps and animation to breakdown and explain the word's most complex news stories. @swellis_

  • Ryan Gabrielson is a reporter for ProPublica covering the U.S. justice system. His work has received numerous national honors, including a Pulitzer Prize, two George Polk Awards, a Livingston Award for national reporting, the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting and a pair of Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

  • Hilke Schellmann is an assistant professor of journalism at NYU and an Emmy-award winning reporter and Executive Producer at the Wall Street Journal. Using innovative multimedia tools, she focuses her reporting on unearthing systemic wrongdoing and its impact on vulnerable people. As an independent filmmaker, Schellmann shot, produced and directed the investigative documentary Outlawed in Pakistan which aired on PBS FRONTLINE.


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