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Participate in the #IRE20 kickoff video

August 20, 2020

If you’d like to be featured in the #IRE20 kickoff video that will be shown during the Investigative Reporters and Editors virtual conference Sept. 21-25, follow these instructions. (Note: The footage you submit will be used during the #IRE20 Watchdog from Home virtual conference and will be posted on IRE’s social media channels).

All videos must be submitted by Sept. 6 in order to be included.

Step 1: Scout your location

The #IRE20 kickoff video will showcase the variety of locations from which attendees will be joining the conference. Find a landmark in your city (or your favorite spot), and head there to film!

Step 2: Record your video

**Note** If you are recording on a phone, make sure you record your video holding the phone horizontally.

Once you’re at your location, it’s time to record! Any recording device such as a smartphone or camera will do. You can record yourself or have someone with you to help the recording. 

Stand in front of your location, and do any movement you prefer — get creative! It can be a wave, thumbs up, your favorite dance move, etc. Just make sure the video is at least 10 seconds in length! And it’s OK if you record yourself walking to your location or back to your phone — our digital team will edit the video to get only you in front of your location.


Stand in front of your location, and say one of the following phrases (or come up with your own!):

  • “I’m *insert first and last name* from *insert city, state, and/or country*”
  • *Insert first and last name* here! And I’m coming at you from *insert city, state, and/or country*”
  • "I’m *insert first and last name* and excited to be joining the IRE community from *insert city, state, and/or country*”
  • "Hello! From *insert city, state, and/or country*"

Step 3: Send us your video

**Note** Send your video in an MOV or MP4 format.

Send the video file as well as your name, job title and organization, and the location in your video to If the file is too large for the email, you can send through

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