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DBEI Symposium Expected Sessions

DBEI Symposium Sessions

Here's a look at some of the sessions we're planning for the DBEI Symposium. The umbrella of diversity and inclusion is expanding and we are looking forward to growing as an organization, as well, guiding the industry to better practices inside and outside newsrooms. Please note that these sessions are preliminary and subject to change.

IRE takes the health of its members and of the people working this event seriously. We will follow CDC guidelines and actively monitor the impact of the pandemic on the event.

In addition to the sessions highlighted below, we’re also planning to coordinate networking sessions for both in-person and virtual attendees, show & tell sign-ups for TV journalists and more!

If you have questions, comments or concerns about this event, please email us at We look forward to hearing from you.

Management and hiring

  • Building and encouraging investigations on the race and culture beats
  • Retaining and cultivating equitable spaces for a diverse newsroom
  • Here’s how not to create more trauma for marginalized communities through bad newsroom practices


  • Getting started: The value of newsroom sourcing audits
  • How to maintain a source database and get newsroom wide sustainability
  • You've got the sources, now how to best approach and retain them

Hands-on *note that all hands-on classes will be bring your own laptop

  • How bad economic development policies exacerbate school funding inequities
  • Finding the story: Unique data sets
  • Mapping your stories: Demographic-driven story selection
  • Making your investigative/data journalism accessible to people with disabilities
  • Finding the story: Redlining data
  • Mapping Census data to show disparities in your community 
  • Finding the story: Voter data

Other sessions covering topics on

  • Investigating inequity in the classroom
  • Investigating disability issues
  • Creating Harassment Resistant Newsrooms  
  • How to inject DBEI into your newsroom’s DNA.
  • Are you ready to heal? Confronting identity fragility 
  • Words matter: Be impeccable with our language
  • How to best cover the trans community and support our trans colleagues
  • Is there a future for me in journalism? 
  • Leading from where you are/Harnessing your newsroom capital
  • How to successfully pitch a story from a community you're a part of
  • Info about IRE’s partnership with the Journalism Mentors program
  • Covering the financial industry and its impact on communities of color
  • Investigating stories on race and health
  • Everyone's right to know: Public records for justice
  • How straight journalists can support LGBTQ coverage and colleagues 
  • Investigating your organization's racist past
  • Investigating racism in schools and colleges and universities, past and present
  • Climate change impacting communities of color
  • Using data and voters’ voices to show who would be affected by changes to voter access
  • Resources to accurately report on the border
  • Decolonizing data journalism
  • Investigating local police surveillance
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