IRE Commons - How pros can help reinvent college media (IRE Commons sponsored by Facebook)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jessica Huseman of ProPublica; Frank LoMonte of Brechner Center for Freedom of Information; Melissa Gomez of Los Angeles Times; Jimena Tavel of Tampa Bay Times; Caitlin Ostroff of The Wall Street Journal
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Veiltail
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The campus newsrooms that birthed so many of today's top investigative journalists are imperiled by economic, readership and governance troubles. Alumni can help embattled student editors build stronger, more sustainable publications and grow their audience. Let's brainstorm about solutions. 

Speaker Bios

  • Melissa graduated from the University of Florida in May with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She currently works at the Los Angeles Times.

  • Jessica Huseman is a reporter for ProPublica based in Austin, Texas. She is the lead reporter for Electionland, ProPublica's collaborative effort to cover ballot access. She is a data journalism instructor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. 

  • Attorney Frank LoMonte teaches media law at the University of Florida, where he runs the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a think-tank focused on developing innovative solutions to make civically essential information more accessible and actionable. LoMonte spent nearly a decade as national director of the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C., and is a former investigative reporter and political columnist. @franklomonte

  • Caitlin Ostroff is a London-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal where she uses words, numbers and code to cover the world of finance. Previously, she was a data reporter at the Miami Herald, covering elections, gun violence and Mar-a-Lago. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and co-director of @jourinternships’ online Media Mentors program. She’s happy to chat, so reach out at @ceostroff or [email protected]

  • Jimena Tavel was born in Honduras, but has both Cuban and Costa Rican nationalities. Recently, she acquired her American residency. She moved to the United States when she was 17 for college. In May, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Her dream is to write long features for a newspaper in the future. She is currently interning at the Tampa Bay Times, and will intern at the Miami Herald this Fall. 

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