Reporting on energy and the environment: Finding the narrative in the numbers

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Madison Hopkins of Better Government Association; Carolyn Jarvis of Global News; Mike Soraghan of E&E News
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 17 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 4
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

From industrial spills to the oversight of nuclear plants, to pipelines and fracking – learn how to dig deep on environmental and energy investigations in your part of the country. Panelists will cover how to get the data, how to translate that into a compelling story and how to get results. There will be take-home tips for broadcasters and print/online journalists alike on ways to humanize and visualize seemingly dry stories about science and industry and drive impact.

Speaker Bios

  • Madison Hopkins is an investigative reporter with the Better Government Association. The BGA is a 95-year-old nonprofit news organization in Chicago. In 2016 she co-wrote and reported a series of articles examining the government oversight of nuclear power plants in Illinois. The series went on to win the 2018 Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing from the National Press Foundation. @_MJHopkins

  • Carolyn Jarvis is the chief investigative correspondent with Canada's Global News. She produced a half-hour documentary, Canada's Toxic Secret, which exposed a trend of industrial leaks in Ontario's "Chemical Valley." It was part of The Price of Oil, the largest collaboration of Canadian journalists to date. Shortly after the investigation, the government committed to funding a health study, two air pollution regulations were updated and a company was investigated.   

  • Mike Soraghan reports for E&E News, an online news outlet covering energy and the environment. He writes enterprise and investigative stories, primarily on the oil and gas industry. He's written stories that led to safety improvements at oil well sites and shone a light on oil executives who were trying to squelch research into earthquakes caused by their industry. 

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