There are lots of great immigration and immigration-related panels here at IRE 2017. Here’s a list I compiled from the overall conference plan – if I left anything off, please let me know and I’ll update the list! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-807-0608.
Speakers: Stella Chavez, Brooke Jarvis, Ben Taub
**Moderated by Stella Chavez, Livingston Awards judge
Meet the 2017 winners of The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and learn how these reporters transformed their story ideas into award-winning investigations. From tracking down sources to crafting narratives, they will examine ways to dig deeper and tell powerful stories.
Thursday, June 22 at 5 p.m.
Grand Canyon 9-10
Speakers: Imraan Siddiqi, Nuran Alteir, Dianna Náñez
Muslims have lived in the United States since the country’s inception, so why are many stories about this community so shallow? Where is the investigative reporting or the in-depth narratives that go beyond stereotypes? With 3.3 million people, Muslims make up the third largest religious group in the country. Reporters who build trust in this community will find stories beyond the obvious religion and immigration beats. Come hear Muslim leaders talk about stories the media is missing. Learn tips from reporters on covering this growing demographic and how you can write stories that delve deeper with tact, tenacity and sensitivity.
Grand Canyon 7
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Speakers: Astrid Galvan, Morgan Loew, Elvia Diaz
**Moderated by Elvia Diaz, The Arizona Republic
Learn how to make the right sources, avoid danger and find ways to tell untold stories. We look at how to cover a vast border that differs from place to place, including best practices for sourcing, approaching stories in creative ways and tips for using data to mine those stories.
Grand Canyon 8
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
I’m on this one – signing copies of The Book of Isaias afterwards.
Speakers: Aubrey Aden-Buie, Daniel Connolly, Mirwais Jalalzai
Over the past 20 years, the immigration story has expanded well beyond the border zones of the United States and deep into the country’s interior. This panel will offer tips and advice on covering immigration when you live far from a border zone. We’ll talk about techniques for finding people to write about and how to cover stepped-up immigration enforcement. We’ll also offer some basic background on the immigration system in the U.S. and share personal experiences with immigration authorities.
Grand Canyon 9-10
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Speaker: Angilee Shah / PRI
There are some 320 million people in the US. 43 million of them were born abroad. About 11 million people are undocumented and over 5.1 million children have one or more undocumented parent. 860,000 people have applied for temporary legal status because they were brought to the US without proper documentation as children. Over 500,000 people are waiting for their cases to be heard in immigration courts. Some 270,000 people in the US came as refugees. On any given day, about 40,000 people are in immigration detention.
The numbers surrounding immigration can often be daunting and, sometimes, hard to track down. In this session, we’ll go through some of the most useful data sets available — and talk about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find. We’ll talk about how to use that data to get leads on local and national stories — and what to do when the government is not providing data about its immigration actions.
Prerequisites: No technical skills are needed for this workshop, though a little bit of comfort with math and some perseverance will help.
Pinnacle Peak 3
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Immigrants are people too: Finding stories in immigration court and detention facilities (Sponsored by Arizona Latino Media Association)
Speakers: Valeria Fernández, Daniel Gonzalez, Richard Ruelas, Nick Oza, Maritza L. Felix
**Moderated by Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic
As immigration becomes a nationwide issue, more reporters are finding stories inside detention facilities and courts. Learn how these systems work from journalists who have successfully mined them for stories. Get tips on access and overcoming obstacles to finding compelling tales.
Grand Canyon 4-5
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.