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IRE's conference lives on through tipsheets

Posted: June 29, 2016 | Tags: journalism

Even if you were not able to attend the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference earlier this month in New Orleans, the speakers and panelists create invaluable tipsheets you can still access.

And the conference blog provides a wealth of summaries and links to sessions. Several posts were written by Workshop staff and recent AU graduates:

•  Tips for getting records highlights the session by VICE News reporter Jason Leopold, who has turned to extensive and aggressive FOIA work to get officials on the record. And in tips for covering police, Washington Post reporter Kimberly Kindy and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Brad Schrade spoke about the power of counting in reporting on police shootings. Andrew Kreighbaum covered both sessions.

• In how to find data and use lower courts, Kendall Taggart from BuzzFeed News, Ted Gest of the Criminal Justice Journalists, John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate and Judge Arthur L. Hunter Jr. of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court talked about the best way to scout stories and use data to cover the lower courts. Ashley Balcerzak covered this session.

This year's conference broke attendance records for the third straight year, with about 1,850 reporters, editors and students there.

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