IRE Commons - Public Records Track: A conversation on how to build a beat on public records (IRE Commons sponsored by Facebook)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Hilary Niles of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Veiltail
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The right to access public records is more than a tool for journalism. It’s a critical public policy for business, law, free expression and private citizenship in a democracy. Come learn how to build a beat covering access to public records, much the way journalists are already accustomed to covering access to education or access to health care. Panelists will share a range of experiences with this work, a roster of resources for reporters and editors who need to get up to speed on the topic, and a tipsheet offering best practices for how to ethically cover a topic that is also critical to our own profession. 

Speaker Bios

  • Hilary Niles produces narrative, investigative and data-driven journalism for public radio, print and online publications. She also consults with newsrooms on data management. In 2017, Hilary began developing a public database of Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest for the Sunlight Foundation. Other freelance clients include Vermont Public Radio, NPR, BBC and the Boston Globe. Hilary chairs SPJ’s Freelance Community and serves on its FOI Committee. @nilesmedia

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