IRE Commons - Freelancers' roundtable (IRE Commons sponsored by Facebook)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jaeah Lee of independent journalist; Laird Townsend of Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE); Lee van der Voo of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Veiltail
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This brainstorm will identify burgeoning solutions to the most urgent problems in the field of freelance investigative reporting — from legal protection to monetization, especially compensation of a reporter's time. We'll also discuss some time, taxes and revenue management tips to help freelancers think like the sole proprietors of a small business. Facilitated by Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors, via a new foundation grant to define and strengthen the freelance investigative reporting field.

Speaker Bios

  • Jaeah Lee is an independent journalist in San Francisco and an inaugural recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. Jaeah was previously a staff reporter at Mother Jones, where she covered policing after Ferguson. She was a 2017 senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a restorative narrative fellow with Images and Voices of Hope. She serves on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association's SF-Bay Area chapter.

  • Laird Townsend, an award-winning reporter and editor, directs Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE), a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Founded as Project Word in 2007, FIRE has helped freelancers produce public-interest investigations for outlets across all platforms, from the Dallas Morning News and Mother Jones, to Reveal and the BBC. Townsend’s reporting won the 2018 Peter Lisagor Award for online investigative/public service reporting.

  • Lee van der Voo is an independent journalist based in Portland, Oregon, focused on enterprise and investigative journalism. She is a former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and author of The Fish Market - Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate. She runs collaborative journalism projects on contract at InvestigateWest, the Seattle and Portland-based nonprofit journalism studio.

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