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Seeking ideas for virtual AccessFest23

We're gearing up to start planning for AccessFest23, and we would love to hear your ideas!

AccessFest is the newly expanded version of our fall conference, the DBEI Symposium. IRE's third annual, virtual-by-design event will still center on themes of inclusion, equity and belonging in newsrooms and in news coverage but we're broadening the scope to include more sessions and topics. You'll also see panels and data classes that mirror sessions you’d typically see at the NICAR and IRE conferences. Our goal is to make IRE training more accessible for everyone!

If you have ideas about what we should include in the line-up this year, we want to hear from you. Your input helps ensure that we’re providing programming that meets your needs and the needs of your newsrooms.

Here are a few ways you can use the ideas form:

  • Share a speaker suggestion (you or someone else). 
  • Suggest a panel you’d like to attend. 
  • Check out the schedules of previous conferences for inspo or sessions you want to see repeated at AccessFest.
  • Tell us about a topic, skill or piece of software you’d like to learn more about.
  • Pitch an entire session (topic, speakers, title, etc.). Feel free to get creative! We’re always looking for engaging ways to deliver practical tips. 
  • Share your suggestions for making the conference a more inclusive environment for everyone.

Have several ideas? Great! Fill out the form as many times as you’d like. And help us spread the word by sharing this form with friends, colleagues, Slack channels, etc.

Keep in mind that IRE retains editorial control over the content of its conferences. If we can use your idea, our team will be in touch to discuss details. Please direct questions to

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