Sourcing while female

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Bethany Barnes of Tampa Bay Times; Erica Green of The New York Times; Melissa Segura of BuzzFeed News; Shoshana Walter of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Texas F
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Go behind the scenes with experienced female journalists to learn how they get scoops, convince people to spill their guts and navigate instances where sources cross the line. Men also welcome. You're guaranteed to learn something you didn't know.

Speaker Bios

  • Bethany Barnes is a reporter on the investigations team at the Tampa Bay Times. She moved to Florida from Portland, Oregon, where she wrote about education for The Oregonian. Before that she wrote about prisons, courts and corruption in Las Vegas. She was named the nation’s best education beat reporter in 2018 by the Education Writers Association.

  • Erica L. Green is a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times covering education and federal policy. Erica joined The Times in March 2017 from The Baltimore Sun where she produced award-winning investigations on a range of topics, including school funding, school violence and the juvenile justice system. She has won first place prizes from the National Education Writer's Association for beat reporting and investigations. @EricaLG 

  • Melissa Segura is an investigative reporter with BuzzFeed News and an Emerson Fellow at New America. In 2018, she won the George Polk Award for local reporting and was a finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Award for her landmark investigation detailing how a Chicago detective is accused of framing more than 50 people for murder. Since publication, 10 men have been exonerated. In 2019, the Innocence Network recognized Segura as Journalist of the Year. @MelissaDSegura

  • Shoshana Walter is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where her work has won the Livingston Award for national reporting, the Knight Award for Public Service and was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among other awards. She and reporter Amy Julia Harris exposed how rehabs across the US have sent people to work for free for private companies, from Exxon and Shell to Walmart and KFC. The series prompted numerous criminal probes and class-action lawsuits, alleging slavery, labor law violations and fraud.

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