Campus coverage: Sexual assault and other crimes on campus (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation)

  • Event: 2014 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times; David Donald of Investigative Reporting Workshop-American University; Samantha Sunne of independent journalist; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 28 at 9:40am
  • Location: Salon 1-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Jill Riepenhoff, The Columbus Dispatch

From Florida State to the University of Oregon to thousands of campuses in between, sexual assault is a widely discussed topic on campus. Learn how to make sense of baffling crime statistics and where to look for documents that really explain how your campus handles these crimes. And learn how to point out the woeful failures of some police and university officials.

Speaker Bios

  • Walt Bogdanich joined The New York Times in January 2001 as an investigative editor. Since 2003, he has worked as an investigative reporter. He previously produced stories for “60 Minutes,” and ABC News. He also reported for The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. He is a 3-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the “Great White Lie,” an examination of hospital care in America.

  • David Donald is the data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit newsroom at American University. Donald also is on the faculty as data journalist in-residence. Prior to the Workshop, he was data editor the Center for Public Integrity and was training director for IRE and NICAR, conducting sessions in the States and internationally. He is the recipient of the Philip Meyer Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, among others.@david_donald

  • Jill Riepenhoff is a producer for InvestigateTV. Prior to joining the national TV team in 2017, she was an investigative reporter at The Columbus Dispatch for more than three decades. With that many years under her belt, she has written about all sorts of unsavory characters/agencies/laws. She also likes to dig into sports from time to time. She is a member of the IRE Board of Directors. @JRiep

  • Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, NPR and Reuters, and recommended by the Poynter Institute and the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. @samanthasunne

Related Tipsheets

  • Sexual assault on campus
    Sex assault and other sex crimes are, unfortunately, a topic that will provide a story on any campus. Even though campus authorities tend to be closed-mouthed when it comes to sexual assault, there are a ton of avenues open to reporters willing to fight for data and records and this tipsheet shows you how. (Powerpoint slides for this tipsheet are filed under no. 4233)

  • Sexual assault on campus (slides)
    Data editor and former IRE training director David Donald gives tips, shares links and offers advice to others doing stories and investigations into sexual assaults as part of a slideshow to accompany tipsheet no. 4234.