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IRE 2024 Tipsheets and Audio

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28 sessions | Updated June 24 | Download list as JSON


Filing a better FOIA request | 9 a.m.
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg News; Suzy Khimm, NBC News

Covering public stadium boondoggles | 10:15 a.m.
Spencer Custodio & Norberto Santana, Voice of OC; Arlene Martinez, Good Jobs First

How to get funding for investigative projects | 10:15 a.m.
Pam Dempsey, Data-Driven Reporting Project; Eric Ferrero, Fund for Investigative Journalism; Jane Sasseen, McGraw Center for Business Journalism

A matter of life and death: How to investigate healthcare failures | 11:30 a.m.
Katherine Eban, Vanity Fair; Bianca Fortis, New York Focus; Kendall Taggart, Bloomberg News

Digging into corporate behavior: Tracking and reporting on business influence | 11:30 a.m.
David Armiak, Center for Media and Democracy; David Cay Johnston, Simon & Schuster/Syracuse U College of Law; Naureen Malik, Bloomberg News; Arlene Martinez, Good Jobs First

Finding the story: Taking a deeper dive into the housing and homelessness crisis | 11:30 a.m.
Jared Kofsky, ABC News; Maia Rosenfeld, ABC

How to make investigative reporting about non-English speaking communities more accessible to them | 11:30 a.m.
Maryam Jameel, ProPublica; María Méndez, The Texas Tribune; Wendy Selene Pérez, Independent Journalist

Open mic: The future of TV news - how to adapt | 11:30 a.m.
Mitch Blacher, WJLA-TV, Spotlight on America; Jodie Fleischer, Cox Media Group; Cindy Galli, ABC News; Caresse Jackman, Gray Television/InvestigateTV; Lee Zurik, WVUE-TV, New Orleans, LA

Should I learn to code? | 11:30 a.m.
Liz Lucas & Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR

Investigating hospitals | 3:45 p.m.
Melanie Evans, Wall Street Journal; John Hillkirk, KFF HEALTH NEWS; Kristen Hwang, CalMatters; Maya Kaufman, POLITICO New York

Reporting on educator sexual misconduct | 5 p.m.
Matt Drange, Business Insider; Billie-Jo Grant, McGrath Training Solutions/Cal Poly State University; Jakob McWhinney, Voice of San Diego; Marina Villeneuve, Salon

When data is not available | 5 p.m.
Mark Albert, Journalism Consultant; Amy DiPierro, EdSource; John Kelly, CBS News; Mc Nelly Torres, Center for Public Integrity


Bill tracker: How to keep up on state legislation regarding any beat | 9 a.m.
David Cuillier, University of Florida Brechner FOI Project; Cheryl Phillips, Big Local News - Stanford University; Eric Sagara, Big Local News; Karen Suhaka, BillTracker50

Broadcast Track show & tell: On-your-side consumer investigations | 10:15 a.m.
Kurtis Ming, CBS News Sacramento

Data analysis with Python | 10:15 a.m.
Eli Murray, The New York Times

Unsung documents | 10:15 a.m.
James Grimaldi, The Wall Street Journal ; Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR

Investigating toxic chemicals | 2:30 p.m.
Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times; Lily Jamali, Marketplace; Maya Miller, ProPublica; Naveena Sadasivam, Grist

R 1: Intro to R and RStudio | 2:30 p.m.
Ryan Thornburg, UNC Chapel Hill

Using public records to investigate political candidates for the 2024 election | 2:30 p.m.
Kelly Kauffman, MuckRock; Brandi Swicegood, Sunlight Search

Using your newsroom union to protect your journalism | 2:30 p.m.
Yvette Cabrera, The Center for Public Integrity; Matt Pearce, Media Guild of the West; Jason Ruiz, Long Beach Post/Long Beach Watchdog; Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times

R 2: Data analysis and plotting | 3:45 p.m.
Lucia Walinchus, NBC-Owned stations


Local investigations with big impact | 9 a.m.
Joshua Ceballos, WLRN News; Caitlin McGlade, Arizona Republic; Anne Ryman, ABC15 Arizona; Claudia Vargas, NBC10 Philadelphia

Using the Census to tell a story | 9 a.m.
Sandhya Kambhampati, Los Angeles Times

Reporting on the judiciary | 10:15 a.m.
Maya Dukmasova, Injustice Watch; Justin Elliott, ProPublica; Lise Olsen, The Texas Observer

50 FOIAs in 50 minutes | 11:30 a.m.
Michael Morisy, MuckRock


Digging into private companies | 9 a.m.
Ziva Branstetter, Propublica ; Hannah Critchfield, Tampa Bay Times; Emily Elena Dugdale, Independent Journalist; Hanisha Harjani, The Fuller Project

Investigative story survival guide: How to manage your most ambitious projects | 9 a.m.
Donna Borak, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute; Rose Ciotta, EdSource; Marisa Kwiatkowski, Freelance; Flynn McRoberts, Bloomberg News

Web scraping with Python | 9 a.m.
Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR

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