Management Track: How to launch a successful investigative unit

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post; Mark Albert of Hearst; Manuel Torres of The Marshall Project
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 10:15am
  • Location: Texas C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In an era of smaller newsrooms, investigative reporting is a team sport — but not all teams are created equal. We'll talk about how to put together efficient investigative teams, and how to organize their work to produce quick turns and long-term investigations. We’ll explain how to maximize exposure for your investigations by busting down silos within your media organization, crafting multi-platform strategies, and developing eye-popping digital elements that can build momentum before your story breaks and after it runs.

Speaker Bios

  • Mark is Chief National Investigative Correspondent for Hearst Television's National Investigative Unit, honored as part of a 2019 Walter Cronkite Award. Previously, Mark was a freelance correspondent at CBS News, where he did original reporting in the US and overseas. Mark's reporting has been recognized with a Peabody Award, National Headliners, National Press Club and Military Reporters & Editors Assoc honors, and more. He's based in Washington DC.

  • Ziva leads a team at The Washington Post focused on business investigations and enterprise. She previously worked as a senior editor at Reveal and spent more than 20 years at the Tulsa World, where she and Cary Aspinwall were 2015 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. That same year, they founded The Frontier, an independent investigative newsroom in Tulsa. Ziva is serving her third term as an IRE board member.

  • Manuel Torres is regional editor at The Marshall Project. He worked for The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com from 2000 to 2019 as a reporter and editor. He was part of the team awarded 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He’s worked on teams that won a Peabody, an IRE Award and two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He lives in New Orleans.

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