On the beat: Stories hidden in the courts

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Reade Levinson of Reuters; Jenifer McKim of New England Center for Investigative Reporting; Charles Maldonado of The Lens
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

From immigration issues to sex trafficking to wrongful convictions, investigative reporters use court records to bolster and build stories that are documented, data-driven and rich with detail. Three reporters with experience wading through court files discuss tips to find hidden stories and provide guidance even when records are hard to find.

Speaker Bios

  • Reade Levinson is data journalist on the investigative team at Reuters News. @readelev

  • Charles Maldonado is The Lens’ editor. From 2013 to 2018, Maldonado worked as a Lens staff writer, covering the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville. Twitter: @cmaldonadolens

  • Jenifer McKim is a senior investigative reporter at WGBH's New England Center for Investigative Reporting and a professor at journalism at Boston University. She is a multimedia reporter focusing on topics including child welfare, sex trafficking and criminal justice. Her radio and print stories have received multiple awards, including a 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award and a 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Follow her at @jbmckim.

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