Tap your audience as an investigative partner

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Julie Brown of Miami Herald; David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post; Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Eric Umansky of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 11:30am
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Investigative journalists often operate as the proverbial lone wolf. What if the watchdogs, instead, harnessed more firepower by partnering with their audience? Hear about the perils and payoffs of asking your readers and viewers for help. Which strategies work? How do you publicly ask for help without giving away your story to the competition? Are “help us investigate” the most powerful words for watchdog journalists?  

Speaker Bios

  • During her 30-year career, Julie K. Brown has worked as a general assignment reporter, crime and courts reporter, and enterprise editor. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Miami Herald’s I-team. She won a Polk Award for for “Perversion of Justice,” a series how a Trump’s cabinet member helped a wealthy sexual predator receive immunity from prosecution. She is also the winner of the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Center Human Rights story of the year. @jkbjournalist

  • Fahrenthold is a reporter on The Post's national desk, covering the Trump Organization and President Trump's conflicts of interest. He won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of Donald Trump -- in which he combined crowdsourcing with old-school reporting to illuminate the truth about Trump's charitable giving (or lack thereof). He has been at the Post since 2000. You can find him on Twitter at @fahrenthold.

  • Amy Pyle is USA TODAY's National Investigations Editor, guiding multi-platform projects created by a team of reporters based across the country in collaboration with other teams, including reporters and editors around the Gannett Network. Previously, Amy was Editor in Chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helped launch the successful Reveal radio show/podcast and oversaw numerous award-winning projects. @amy_pyle

  • @ericuman Eric Umansky is a Deputy Managing Editor at ProPublica, where he oversees administration coverage, including Trump, Inc., an open investigative podcast with WNYC. Umansky also oversees ProPublica’s audience and engagement reporting teams. Investigations overseen by Umansky have won two Pulitzer Prizes, a DuPont, and other awards. 

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