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Welcome to #NICAR20!

The 2020 NICAR Conference begins on Thursday. Below you'll find a few bits of information to help you prepare.

For the latest information about panels, speakers and special events at the conference, please visit our conference website at


Hotel information

The conference is taking place at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.



Registration opens Wednesday at 3 p.m. and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Preservation Foyer located on the 2nd floor. Be sure to bring photo identification when picking up your name badge. 


Coronavirus update

IRE continues to monitor information from local and national public health authorities regarding COVID-19. During NICAR20, IRE will provide hand sanitizer throughout the conference meeting space. In addition, we will have disinfectant wipes for our hands-on computer labs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a COVID-19 site with regular updates. If you need to cancel your registration, please see our policy on the NICAR20 registration page.



Weather looks to be in the 60s during the week. See the 10-day forecast 


Conference WiFi

Wireless internet is provided to all NICAR conference attendees. 

Network/SSID: IRE

Password: NICAR2020 (case sensitive)


Have a question or need help in a session?

Room monitors will be stationed in the hallways during sessions and will be happy to answer your questions.


Hands-on classes

We will have nine computer labs again this year. Seating is limited. If there's a hands-on class you really want to take, plan on getting there early.


Tipsheets & Links

If you’re a speaker, please send any materials you’ve developed to We’ll be posting these resources on our website as they are received.


NICAR Conference schedule & mobile app

There are a few ways to track the full schedule of panels, hands-on sessions and special events with accurate, up-to-the-minute details: 

  • Download the Guidebook mobile app and get the guide for the 2020 NICAR Conference (recommended). The app allows you to read speaker bios, plan your own schedule, and keep up-to-date with any panel changes. You also have the option to network with other attendees and complete session/panel evaluations directly from the app (you will also receive a daily email with the evaluation if you prefer to complete it that way). Please be sure to complete evaluations, as these help us plan next year's conference. Once you enable push notifications, you can receive updates throughout the conference from IRE. Internet is not required for the app to work once it's downloaded. However, a connection is necessary to receive any updates sent by IRE. 
  • The full conference schedule has all the details organized by day.
  • Get the schedule as a CSV.
  • Download a PDF you can bring to New Orleans


Special events & partner events

Be sure to check out the list of special events taking place this week. Events include a welcome reception Thursday, the Philip Meyer Awards presentation and reception Friday and a closing reception at the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Saturday. Also, be sure to check out the partner events taking place during the conference.


IRE Principles (Code of Conduct)

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.

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.

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. Staff members will have red ribbons on their name badges, and board members will have blue ribbons. To report a possible violation, email

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