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

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Aimee Edmondson of Ohio University; David Armstrong of Georgia News Lab; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Veiltail
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This is a discussion about the best practices and tips for turning the classroom into an investigative newsroom. Some of the topics discussed during the roundtable include: how to successfully teach investigative reporting at universities, teaching students about data and documents, and the challenges of running a student newsroom. Bring examples of what you've tried that's really worked or what you're planning to implement that you're excited about.

Speaker Bios

  • David Armstrong is the director of The Georgia News Lab, an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. He is a veteran investigative reporter and editor. He served as bureau chief of the National Security News Service in Washington, D.C., and earlier as editor of the Texas Observer. He is the principal author of the book, “America and the Islamic Bomb: the deadly compromise,” an investigation of global nuclear trafficking networks. @GeorgiaNewsLab

  • Edmondson is an associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University where she teaches data journalism, media law and the History of American Journalism. She works to bridge the gap between professional journalists and academics. She also trains journalists in data journalism, most recently working in East Africa, Central Asia, China and India. @ProfEdmondson

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

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