Backgrounding like a boss

  • Event: CANCELED - 2020 Nashville Watchdog Workshop
  • Speaker: Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR
  • Date/Time: Friday, Apr. 3 at 2:45pm
  • Location: See printed schedule for room information
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How are you sure that great source with the perfect quote isn't too good to be true? Even great reporters can get tricked by fake names or sketchy backgrounds. We'll walk through some websites and strategies you can use to create a routine and spot potential red flags before you get burned.

Speaker Bios

  • 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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