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AccessFest Expected Sessions

Here's a look at some of the sessions we're planning for AccessFest23. Please note that these sessions are preliminary and subject to change. If you think we’re missing something, please let us know at

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Newsroom culture and leadership
Leading with emotional intelligence
Successful project management for partnerships & collaborations
How management can support journalists with disabilities
Examine staff diversity and bias as a tool for more nuanced coverage
10 easy ways to make your newsroom more equitable
What does it mean to diversify our audience and how do we track our progress?
Getting past — or just surviving — gatekeepers of investigative reporting and other premier beats

Aspiring allyship
Finding your voice: Speaking up for yourself and others
Creating a chat to discuss issues of authenticity and inclusion in our reporting
Using new diversity data to report on workplace inequalities

Using data in your reporting
How to apply DEI principles to your data analysis -- even when data doesn't exist
Thinking about building data skills? Tips for getting started
Transgender and gender non-conforming data sources

Honing investigative skills
Inclusive and equitable interviewing
Stretching your investigations to tackle the bigger picture
Telling the longform investigations
Working with sources who are reluctant to share their stories
Investigating breaking news
Storyboarding your investigation

FOI and public records
Building inclusivity in FOI
Public records to request right now
Accessing court records & proceedings: What to look for, how to obtain it, and why it matters for your investigations

On the beat
Using data to uncover how climate change is affecting your city
Elevating Indigenous voices and perspectives in the media
Covering disparities in higher education with data
60 ideas in 60 minutes: From TV to radio to print and everything in between
Investigating judges and the courts
Police accountability: From data to narrative
Investigating sexual health without stigmatization
Beyond "the medical debate": Envisioning high-impact/autonomy-centered coverage of anti-trans legislation
Covering homelessness: From dailies to investigations
Rethinking how journalists cover gender-based violence and sexual assault
Covering the radical right and other hostile online communities
Separate and unequal: 5 must-have stories from the K-12 education beat

Other sessions covering topics on
Successful mentoring programs
How to get your reporting project funded
When “Check One” Doesn’t Apply: Covering (And Being) Mixed Race in Journalism
Are non-English speaking communities in the U.S. more vulnerable to mis- and disinformation than English speakers?
La lucha contra la desinformación necesita colaboración para tener éxito: así es como podemos trabajar juntos
BYOG: A guide to the guides
Hindsight's 20/20 - The biggest lessons we’ve learned
Alternative description for screen readers: Textual representation of the visualization for screen readers
Verifying information online
Data for redistricting and election coverage
Large-scale scraping projects: Best practices for doing it legally and ethically
How to background people in an hour
Nonprofit secrets hidden in plain sight: Decoding forms 990

Demos and hands-on data classes
Classes will be a mix of live, instructor-led classes and on-demand, short, recorded videos. We'll offer training in:

  • Spreadsheets
  • SQL
  • Python
  • R
  • Data visualization
  • Web scraping
  • Data wrangling

We'll include instructions to set up your computer at home, data files to follow along, and other resources. No previous data experience is required to start with the beginner sessions.


For questions about registration or general conference questions, please contact

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