IRE is returning to in-person events with a symposium in Baltimore in October focusing on diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion (DBEI) issues for newsrooms.
The hybrid event will be IRE’s first in-person training event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. It also will be IRE’s first-ever event focused solely on diversity and equity issues.
The DBEI symposium will be Oct. 21-23, 2021, with limited in-person attendance. Members also will have the option to join virtually from anywhere in the world.
The symposium will focus on helping journalists with newsroom diversity issues and with investigating inequality in their communities, from education and labor to housing and criminal justice.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 12 and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help prevent the spread of disease. Those who are fully vaccinated may resume domestic travel and participate in group activities without wearing a mask or social distancing unless required by law.
IRE takes the health and safety of all attendees at its events seriously and follows the guidelines of CDC. All in-person attendees at the October DBEI Symposium must be fully vaccinated.
A person is considered fully vaccinated:
Final doses must be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 6, to attend the symposium in person.
If a conference participant — registrant, speaker, IRE staff — does not meet these requirements, they will not be allowed to enter in person. They will have the option of attending virtually.
To request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement, please complete this confidential form here. IRE has the sole discretion to approve or not approve the request.
At this time, IRE is not requiring that in-person attendees wear masks at the conference because they will be vaccinated.
IRE will work with the hotel to provide hand sanitization stations throughout the event spaces. Distanced seating sections will be available in meeting rooms to accommodate various levels of comfort. Due to this social distancing, some in-person events may be limited due to on-site venue space capacities.
You should not attend the conference if you are experiencing or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or if you were exposed to a person with a positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 within the 14 days before the event begins. For a list of symptoms from the CDC, click here.
IRE will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and any state/local ordinances and will inform attendees of any changes to this safety protocol.
Investigative Reporters & Editors is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, appearance or religion.
IRE supports vigorous debate and welcomes disagreement, while maintaining a civil and respectful community. Discriminatory or harassing behavior is not permitted.
IRE may take any action it deems appropriate to deal with those who violate our principles, including exclusion from our events, forums, listservs and the organization itself.
The IRE Principles apply to all events that IRE holds, including entirely virtual ones. Members agree to follow these principles throughout all communications related to the conference. This code of conduct covers all participants in IRE events and is in effect the entire time from the beginning until the end of our conferences.
During in-person conferences, we will publicize a contact email, in addition to making staff and IRE board members easily identifiable, with badges that identify themselves as such, so you know whom to contact if you see or experience an issue.
If you feel threatened or in immediate jeopardy during an IRE event, you should call building security by calling 0 from a house phone, or local police by dialing 911.
During the scheduled program, concerns can be brought to the attention of IRE staff or board members in person. Contact information to reach an IRE board member outside of the scheduled program can be found here.