Breaking watchdog stories during the storm

  • Event: 2018 Miami Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Manny Garcia of ProPublica; Mc Nelly Torres of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9:15am
  • Location: Building AC1 Room 194
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

This session will arm you with advice on the preparations you need to make, data sets and documents to have on hand, and other practical tips to have your newsroom ready to break strong watchdog stories in the midst of natural disasters.

Speaker Bios

  • Manny Garcia is the Standards Editor at the USA TODAY NETWORK. He previously worked at the Naples Daily News, el Nuevo Herald & The Miami Herald. Manny received the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Projects by Manny and his teams have won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith, IRE and a national Edward R. Murrow. His work has led to convictions of public officials, changed Florida law and freed a man wrongfully convicted of murder. He's a past IRE president.

  • Mc Nelly Torres is an independent award-winning journalist based in South Florida. As a freelance journalist, she has done work for Bloomberg and the Center for Investigative Journalism of P.R. In 2010, Torres co-founded Her work at the Sun-Sentinel won state, regional and national awards. She covered education for the San Antonio Express-News where her work contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. In South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the state's hog farm permit process. Torres served on IRE’s Board from 2008-2014. @WatchdogDiva

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