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Date: 2023-06-23

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Audio recording of "Showcase: Local coverage, lasting impact: The Uvalde story," a session at the IRE 2023 conference in Orlando on Friday, June 23, 2023.

Session description: In the weeks after the horrific mass shooting that killed 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the staff of the Uvalde Leader-News were looking forward to the day when the national media's bright spotlight shone somewhere else.

Nonstop national media attention can be retraumatizing. Many residents and journalists alike simply wanted to live, grieve and look for answers. Among them was award-winning reporter Kimberly Rubio, whose 10-year-old daughter, Lexi, was one of the victims at Robb Elementary on May 24, 2022.

How did Rubio and the other journalists at this small, family-owned newspaper carry on with its mission in the wake of this tragedy? And how can journalists who find themselves in similar situations find the strength to cope?

Join this powerful discussion featuring Rubio and Craig Garnett, publisher of the 144-year-old Uvalde Leader-News.

Also joining the conversation: ABC News correspondent John QuiƱones, whose "Uvalde: 365" team spent a year in the community, and the executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Bruce Shapiro, who trains journalists in trauma-informed reporting. The discussion will be moderated by Cindy Galli, executive producer of the ABC News Investigative Unit.

This session is sponsored by ABC News. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

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