Master class: Mastering the interview (print focus) **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Marisa Kwiatkowski of USA TODAY Network; Corey Johnson of Tampa Bay Times
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Clear Lake
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

There’s a powerful person or organization in your area and they’re abusing their power. Rumors are swirling about people who’ve been hurt, or money that was stolen. The folks in the know are scared. The flack is spewing hot-smoking nonsense.

You want this story. You want it bad. But you don’t have a clue how to get it.

It may seem hopeless.

It is not.

Through the magic of interviewing, you can crack the code. This Master Class by investigative reporters Marisa Kwiatkowski and Corey Johnson is designed to teach you how.

During this half-day session, we’ll demystify the process and break down the concrete steps to take the Big Story. Topics will include:

  • How — and when — to land a tough interview
  • Interview preparation
  • Interviewing people who have been hurt, and interviewing the people who hurt them
  • The power of silence
  • How to interview someone who won’t talk to you (and yes, this can be done — sort of)
  • What to do after the interview

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

** This class is full. Add your name to the wait list. **

Speaker Bios

  • Corey Johnson is an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. His work has uncovered police corruption, coerced prison sterilizations, state regulatory failures, excessive governmental secrecy and university scandals. His efforts have won IRE's top prize, the Gold Medal, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and garnered many other state and national honors. @CoreyGJohnson

  • Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. She handles investigations relating to social services and children. Marisa has earned more than 50 awards, including the 2019 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism, IRE's Tom Renner Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service and Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She previously worked for media outlets in Indiana, South Carolina and Michigan. @IndyMarisaK

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