Technology & Tools Track: Al’s cool tools: A hands-on geek out session for investigators

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Al Tompkins of Poynter
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Texas D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Take a break from the heavy duty data and reporting sessions to learn awesome new ways to use your phones and (mostly) free online tools to tell your stories and save time and effort.  You will use these tools to produce social media posts that attract eyeballs and also enhance your storytelling. We will build multimedia projects, learn how to produce animated graphics and see the newest free tools to produce spectacular web displays in minutes. And you will do these things DURING the session if you bring your phone/tablet/laptop and hook into the WiFi before we start. Come ready to laugh and learn. You will use this stuff right away.

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Al Tompkins is a frequent speaker at IRE conferences and in newsrooms teaching critical thinking, writing, reporting and ethics. He has worked as a photographer, reporter, producer, head of investigations and special projects and News Director.

    Al has been a final juror for IRE, duPont Columbia Awards, Scripps Howard Awards.

    Al has taught journalists in 49 states, Canada, Egypt, Ecuador, South Africa, Iceland, Denmark and beyond. 150 universities use his book "Aim for the Heart."

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