Transparency in investigative reporting

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Lorie Hearn of inewsource; Charles Ornstein of ProPublica; Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In an era when “Fake News” is part of the everyday lexicon and readers question the credibility of our work, transparency matters. This panel will explore practices that can build trust with readers, such as annotating stories; publishing source documents; revealing our funding sources and being upfront with story subjects about what we’re investigating. We’ll explore tricky issues like how much to say about an investigation before it publishes and how to respond to concerns about accuracy and bias.


Speaker Bios

  • Lorie Hearn is founder, executive director and editor of inewsource, an investigative reporting nonprofit in San Diego, CA. Her staff reports and writes for impact and has bettered lives and changed laws since inewsource launched 10 years ago. Their work has been recognized in the industry with nine national awards -- including two IRE certificates. Before starting inewsource, Hearn was a reporter on both coasts and finally senior editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune .

  • Shawn McIntosh is editorial director at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, overseeing news content, including investigative reporting and data journalism. A career-long member of IRE, she credits the training and camaraderie offered here for any success she has had. She has previously been top editor in Jackson, Miss., and worked in investigative roles at The Dallas Morning News and USA TODAY. @shawnmcintosh and @AJCInvestigate

  • 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

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