Campus coverage: College sports (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation)

  • Event: 2014 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Paula Lavigne of ESPN; Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Brad Wolverton of Indiana University - Bloomington; Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 26 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Salon 4-6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Jill Riepenhoff, The Columbus Dispatch

There’s lots of fodder inside college athletic departments for meaty watchdog journalism. Learn how to dissect NCAA financial documents, how to find good investigative stories in the NCAA rule book and generally where to look to be a good muckraker inside a department that is only comfortable with journalists who cover the ball. This session will arm you with the tools you’ll need for when a scandal breaks out on your campus.

Speaker Bios

  • Paula Lavigne has been an investigative reporter for ESPN since 2008, working for both digital and TV. She has a background in data journalism. Her work has been recognized with several awards including a Peabody, duPont and IRE's first sports investigation award. Prior to ESPN, she worked at newspapers in Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Tacoma, Wash. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.   

  • 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

  • Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

  • Brad is head of content at The Hustle, a daily business/tech newsletter with more than 1 million subscribers. He helped launch the company's premium-subscription publication, Trends, which uncovers market trends and opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. Previously, he was part of NerdWallet’s investigative team, which uncovered abuses in consumer finance, and investigated college sports issues for The Chronicle of Higher Education. @bradwolverton

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    There’s lots of fodder inside college athletic departments for meaty watchdog journalism. Learn how to dissect NCAA financial documents, how to find good investigative stories in the NCAA rule book and generally where to look to be a good muckraker inside a department that is only comfortable with journalists who cover the ball.