A unique convergence of some of the best investigative minds from across the continent is coming to Toronto Nov. 9 and 10 for a cross-border event co-hosted by the CAJ Educational Foundation and the U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors.

By Rob Cribb

The best journalism has scope.

Same goes for the best journalism training.

A unique convergence of some of the best investigative minds from across the continent is coming to Toronto Nov. 9 and 10 for a cross-border event co-hosted by the CAJ Educational Foundation and the U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Crossing the 49th will feature top-level experts from Canada and the U.S. sharing resources, perspectives and tools that will help reporters think differently about stories armed with data, public records and cutting-edge research techniques.

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“The goal of this conference is to provide attendees with more tools to hold the powerful accountable, expose wrongdoing and serve as watchdogs for the communities that rely on them,” said IRE executive director Mark Horvit. “Bringing together journalists from Canada and the U.S. provides a unique opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen the work that all of us do.”

Confirmed speakers include Sarah Cohen (New York Times), Harvey Cashore (CBC), Steve Doig (Arizona State University), Jennifer Wells (Toronto Star), Anton Koschany (CTV), Kevin Bousquet (Corpa Investigations), David Cay Johnston (Tax Analysts), Julian Sher (CBC), Doug Haddix, (Ohio State University), Robyn Doolittle (Toronto Star), Anna Mehler Paperny (Global News) and David McKie (CBC). 

The sessions will focus on finding information on the web quickly, ferreting out key documents and data that will help you add context to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories as well as major investigations.

Perspectives spanning the worlds of print, broadcast and digital will talk bulletproofing stories, digging deeper with social media research, computer-assisted reporting, backgrounding companies, foreign investigations, in-depth interviewing, forensic researching and the art of crafting it all into a compelling narrative.

Details: http://ire.org/events-and-training/event/984/