Work Better Track: How to organize your reporting (and your life)

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brian Rosenthal of The New York Times; Zaneta Lowe of WREG-Memphis; Robert Moore of El Paso Matters; Charles Ornstein of ProPublica; Nicole Casarez of University of St. Thomas
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned." Three centuries later, the maxim is just as true, but even more complicated to achieve. There are seemingly a million organization apps these days — from Airtable to Workflowy, and everything in between. In this panel, five different kinds of investigators — a newspaper reporter, a tv journalist, a freelancer, an editor and a lawyer — will demystify the options and also offer old-school tips for this extremely important and under-appreciated skill. Come to learn how to organize your interviews, your source lists, your story ideas, your records requests and more.


Speaker Bios

  • Nicole Casarez is an attorney and a communication professor at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches media law, journalism and wrongful convictions. She has a bachelor’s of journalism and a law degree from the University of Texas, and a master’s in communication from the University of Houston. Casarez received national media attention in connection with her representation of Anthony Graves, a Texas Death Row inmate who was exonerated in 2010.

  • Zaneta Lowe is the morning/noon anchor & investigative reporter at WREG-TV in Memphis, TN. Her work focuses on shining a light on problems, protecting families & holding the powerful accountable. Zaneta’s exposed unscrupulous tax preparers, unlicensed car dealers, dangerous day cares & substandard public housing. Her investigation into the unexplained deaths of children in the state’s care helped lead to an overhaul of the system & its public records policy. @wregzaneta

  • Robert Moore is the president and CEO of El Paso Matters, a nonprofit news organization in El Paso, Texas. He also is an independent journalist whose work appears in Texas Monthly, the Washington Post, The Guardian and other publications. He focuses on border and immigration issues, and over the past year broke several major national stories about the Trump administration’s border enforcement efforts. He previously was editor of the El Paso Times and Fort Collins Coloradoan. @BobMooreNews

  • Charles Ornstein oversees ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which works with local news organizations to produce accountability journalism on issues of importance to their communities. From 2008 to 2017, he was a senior reporter at ProPublica, covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining ProPublica, he was was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. He teaches at Columbia's journalism school. @charlesornstein

  • Brian M. Rosenthal is a metro investigative reporter at the The New York Times. Previously, he covered government for The Houston Chronicle and The Seattle Times. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. He also was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for a series that exposed that Texas was denying special education services to thousands of kids with disabilities. He is a member of IRE's board of directors

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