Best practices for student-led investigations: For students, by students

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Pauliina Siniauer of independent journalist; Lindsey Vickers of Boston University; Sam Bergum of KXTV-Sacramento; Steven Rich of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Student journalists can face unique reporting challenges. Getting interviews, sources and access can be hard without the backing of a professional organization, and especially as a student. Join this group of current journalism students and recent graduates to learn about stories we’ve worked on, and tips for finding, and finishing, impactful investigations while you're in school.

Speaker Bios

  • Sam Bergum is a producer at ABC10 in Sacramento. As part of TEGNA's Producer-in-Residence program, she relaunched ABC10's 5 p.m. show to engage a younger audience and experiment with new storytelling formats, emphasizing context, depth and conversation. She graduated from USC last year, where she worked as an executive producer and investigative producer for Annenberg TV News. Her work has won a student Murrow and IRE Award. Find her on Twitter @SamanthaBergum

  • Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He's worked on investigations probing the National Security Agency, tax lien sales, asset forfeiture, policing and college athletics. He has been a reporter on two teams awarded Pulitzer Prizes, in 2014 and 2016, and on a team awarded a Peabody in 2018. Steven is a graduate of Mizzou and Virginia Tech. He was elected to IRE’s Board of Directors in 2015. @dataeditor

  • Pauliina Siniauer is a Helsinki-based journalist who specializes in investigative and food-related journalism. Her work has appeared in BBC Radio 4, Radio Helsinki, Saveur, and NBC News. Currently she works as a data journalist for Helsingin Sanomat and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

  • Lindsey is a graduate student at Boston University. She is passionate about combining narrative storytelling, data journalism and investigative techniques, with audio reporting. Her favorite podcasts are 20KHz, Undiscovered, Sawbones, and of course, Serial. In her spare time, she loves to read, hang out with her cat, hike, and bake. 

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