I went to the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in New Orleans a few weeks ago. Turns out, the Big Easy isn't as restful as its nickname might suggest. The place sleeps almost as little as Las Vegas. It was quite a show. And while what happens in Vegas should stay there, what happened at #IRE16 should not.
@AlisonAnnYoung: When working on a project, create a spreadsheet and use it to track "Hey Martha!” moments in your reporting -- great findings, examples of key issues, names of sources on key topics you may want to talk to closer to when you write. Her tipsheet.
@DavidHo's 50 Apps in 30 minutes presentation is killer. I have an Android so I took notes based on that. Here's what I told myself to check out later: Goodreader to open PDFs and Word docs on your phone. Audio Note and Cogi for recording. Dragon Dictation is the closest thing to magic that exists for journalists. Buffer and Nuzzle for tweets. Voice Record Pro or Smart Voice Recorder - because the regular phone recorder just doesn't cut it. Prompt Smart Pro for a sweet teleprompter. Pocket to read news stories offline. Camscanner and Prismo for scanning docs with phone.
Look at these great resources for investigative reporters going solo. (List on Page 2.)
@HBerkes: "If they say they're enforcing it, make them prove it." I attended an amazing session on how to report out stories regarding government's failure to enforce laws. Do yourself a favor and click to read this fascinating, terrifying story. And then read this one. And some great tips of the trade, here.
If you're interested in #dataviz or data analysis, you should be following @dataeditor and @Rob_Barry. And UGH, @MeghanHoyer, I wish you were around to teach me your tricks when I was first learning data. Click here for Meghan's Excel tipsheet and thank me and her later for saving you hours. And if that wasn't enough, I was later grateful enough to get in another Excel session with @sdoig, who is, quite literally, the King of Excel for Journalists. If you're wondering how to analyze data on a basic level, here's what you need to get started.
Seafood from slaves. Just click it.
For behind-the-scenes from the movie Spotlight, here's an overview of the IRE Spotlight panel written by @EHenderson_TV, who I sat next to on the floor in the packed room.
And all you statehouse/congressional reporters: Did you know about this? LOL.
But you know the best part of all of this? I actually walked away with two story ideas. One that I'm working on now, thanks to @ailworth. And one other that is soon TK.
p.s. If you're thinking, dang, Jen, that summary was pretty horrible. Well, here are some tip sheets you can D/L on your own.