Investigative journalism for teens: Volunteering your skills in the classroom commons

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jessica Huseman of ProPublica; Brett Murphy of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Sugarland A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this session, we’ll briefly discuss the curriculum ProPublica has designed for high school students, and how you can help high schools implement rigorous investigative journalism instruction. We’ll also brainstorm other ways to be meaningfully helpful in immediately actionable ways in high schools across the country. Join us and make a plan to help students do this work! No experience of working with students is necessary.

Speaker Bios

  • Jessica Huseman is a reporter for ProPublica based in Austin, Texas. She is the lead reporter for Electionland, ProPublica's collaborative effort to cover ballot access. She is a data journalism instructor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. 

  • Brett Murphy (@brettmmurphy) is a reporter on USA Today’s investigations desk. He’s also an adjunct journalism professor at George Washington University. Murphy co-founded Local Matters, a weekly newsletter curating the best local investigative reporting around the country. Murphy has won numerous journalism awards and was a 2018 Pulitzer finalist for his series on worker exploitation in the port trucking industry. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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