On the beat: Education

  • Event: 2014 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Susan Ferriss of The Center for Public Integrity; Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine; Jeremy Adam Smith of San Francisco Public Press; Terri Langford of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 26 at 10:10am
  • Location: Salon 10-11
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Terri Langford, The Texas Tribune

This session will discuss how to get beyond the traditional education investigative story. Topics will include a discussion of creative documents, databases and non-traditional story ideas; how to use federal data, documents and build useful sources to write about segregation, violence, mismanagement and waste in school districts and more.

Speaker Bios

  • Jeremy Adam Smith writes investigative and explanatory articles for the nonprofit San Francisco Public Press and serves as editor of the website of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. He also the author or coeditor of four books and a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. You can follow him on Twitter as @jeremyadamsmith.

  • The Center for Public Integrity's @susanferriss has produced investigations resulting in police and school reforms nationally. These prize-winning reports revealed how students were removed from school and criminalized for trivial reasons. Susan, a veteran immigration reporter, has worked at various newspapers and was Cox Newspapers Latin America correspondent for many years. She co-wrote The Fight in the Fields, and produced The Golden Cage, a film about farmworkers.

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer with The New York Times Magazine and a founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which aims to increase the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones' work covering school and housing segregation has earned numerous awards, including a Peabody, a Polk Award and a National Magazine Award. In 2017 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. 

  • Terri Langford (@tlangford) is an editor/producer for Texas Standard, the daily national news show aired on public radio stations in Texas. She has worked as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News, The Texas Tribune, the Associated Press, the Houston Chronicle, WNYC and Honolulu Civil Beat. She is a University of Texas at Austin graduate. .

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