Build your beat: Tips on sourcing and interviewing

  • Event: 2020 San Juan, Puerto Rico, Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Omaya Sosa Pascual of Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Mariela Fullana of El Nuevo Dia
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 7 at 3:00pm
  • Location: School of Law, Room 201
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn strategies to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. This two-hour session will be an interactive guide to handling difficult topics and the most sensitive sources.

Speaker Bios

  • A Puerto Rican journalist, Mariela Fullana has worked for national newspapers “Primera Hora” and “El Nuevo Día”, where she has been writing about cultural issues in Puerto Rico for 20 years. She received a cultural journalism scholarship from the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for the New Ibero-American Journalism in 2016. Her journalistic work has been recognized by the Association of Journalists of Puerto Rico (ASPRO) and the Overseas Press Club. @MarielaFullana

  • Journalist, entrepreneur, and adventurer with 20 years of experience. She is Co-Founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, the Caribbean’s only non-profit investigative journalism news organization. She led award-winning investigation on the underreported death toll of hurricane Maria in 2017 and in 2019 the investigation that revealed theTelegram chat kept by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló that ended with his resignation. @omayasosa

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director at the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. He brings nearly 20 years of newsroom experience, published by a variety of news organizations, including Chalkbeat, Education Week, the San Antonio Express-News, Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He earned a master’s degree in investigative/data journalism at Mizzou & a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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