Don’t bore me: How to frame your investigation and tell a captivating narrative that gets noticed

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Mike Hixenbaugh of NBC News; Kameel Stanley of USA TODAY Network; Cary Aspinwall of The Marshall Project
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

You've got the goods for a blockbuster and plenty of reporting to back it up, but now what? Skip the bulletpoints. We'll talk about strategies for weaving your investigative findings with artful storytelling that will hold your audience’s attention and amplify your impact — no matter if it’s in print, a podcast or somewhere in between.

Speaker Bios

  • Cary Aspinwall is a Dallas-based staff writer for The Marshall Project. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. In 2019, she won the Gerald Loeb Award for local reporting on a Texas company's history of deadly natural gas explosions and is a past Pulitzer finalist for her work exposing flaws in Oklahoma's execution process. She is a co-founder of The Frontier, a nonprofit devoted to investigative journalism in Oklahoma. @caryaspinwall

  • Mike Hixenbaugh is an investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle focused on exposing fraud and abuse in health care. Previously, he was a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., where his work on the military and veterans affairs was co-published with ProPublica, NBC News and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

  • Kameel Stanley is senior producer of The City, USA Today’s critically-acclaimed podcast about power in urban America. She previously co-hosted and produced We Live Here, an award-winning podcast about race & class from St. Louis Public Radio & PRX. But her roots are in print journalism; for several years Kameel was an investigative beat reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. She also runs a storytelling organization in St. Louis and a brunch club for women of color. 

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