Investigative reporters converging on Philadelphia this week

More than 1,000 journalists are expected to descend on Philadelphia for the national conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors and related events this week.

The Temple University School of Media and Communication (SMC) is partnering with the conference while the Center for Public Interest Journalism (CPIJ) is supporting 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region who will be in attendance.

Temple SMC is sponsoring several panels, including:
Investigating child & family issues
Beyond Ferguson: Investigating schools, police and inequality
Human rights reporting

Temple Journalism Professor Linn Washington will participate on a Thursday afternoon panel which will address “Covering police shootings in ethnic communities.” Journalism Professor Sherry Yu will speak on a panel Saturday afternoon, which will discuss “Reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own.”

SMC Dean David Boardman will moderate “The ethics of sourcing” Thursday afternoon. On Saturday morning, CPIJ’s Jim MacMillan will moderate “Navigating the publishing world: From ebooks to your first novel.” More than a dozen faculty and staff members are also expected to attend the conference.

New York Times Investigative reporter James Risen will keynote the conference. Influential journalists Seymour Hersh and Laura Poitras will participate conversation-style sessions.

You can view the complete conference schedule online, but you must join IRE before you can register to attend.

Social events begin with the Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference Happy Hour, which is open to all Wednesday from from 6 to 8 p.m. at nearby the Independence Beer Garden, across from the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall. Please RSVP via hosting partners ONA Philly or Hacks/Hackers Philly.

Beginning Saturday, LION Publishers will hold their conference — “Independents’ Meeting: Innovation with Integrity, Information with Impact” — at Temple University Center City, just a couple of blocks from the IRE hotel. Registration is just $25, but free to students and members.

The LION conference is devoted to the journalistic excellence and economic well-being of local independent online news sites, and promises opportunities to discuss common issues and problems, share success stories and encourage the founding of new local news sites. More info: LION Publishers conference coming to Temple University Center City.

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