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37 sessions confirmed • Updated September 26 • All times are ET

IRE's symposium on diversity and inclusion will be an online event Oct. 20-21, 2022.

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The symposium will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Eastern U.S. time to allow for participation across the United States and around the world. Training sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees for later viewing. Attendees also will have access to on-demand technical skills training videos.

Registered attendees will get an email with instructions on how to access the conference platform shortly before the event.

Meantime, you can browse through the sessions below or search by session title, speaker name or keyword. The symposium will include a mix of panels, small-group conversations, networking and master classes, which are 2- to 3-hour deep-dive workshops. New sessions and speakers will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed.

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Thursday, 10/20

Sessions starting at 11 a.m. ET

networking

Welcome & networking

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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Diana Fuentes, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Mark Walker, New York Times 👇

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Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

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How to include investigating inequity into your curriculum no matter the course

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Learn how to infuse your curriculum and individual classes with lessons about diversity, inclusion, equity and anti-racism beginning with program objectives to professional development to readings and assignments.

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Best practices for covering those who are undocumented

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Who is missing in official data?

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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We know the US Census Bureau does not count Middle Eastern and North African people. But who else is left out of the “official” categories for race and ethnicity? And what does this mean for representation and how public money is distributed in fast-changing states? This panel will also address the complexity of how the census bureau counts Hispanic ethnicity and what that means for big states like Texas where that group has a plurality.

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Darla Cameron, The Texas Tribune 👇

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Hansi Lo Wang, NPR 👇

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Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune 👇

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Quicker hit accountability stories on inequality

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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A lightning round-up of ways to do short-turnaround accountability stories on in equality, and ways to build those stories into series or longer term projects

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Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press 👇

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Sessions starting at 1:30 p.m. ET

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Recruiting, hiring and retention for DBEI

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET (75m)

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Employers need to rethink their strategy (or create one) around staffing. It isn't enough to decide when you have an opening that you're prioritizing diversity. It's crucial to be making meaningful strides for equity and inclusion all the time to attract and keep the talent you need. Join this candid conversation to learn how you can do better during the recruiting and hiring phase so you can retain a diverse newsroom.

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Doris Truong, Poynter 👇

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College press freedom 101

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Paula Lavigne, ESPN 👇

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Alexis Timko, Los Angeles Times 👇

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You need a disability beat: The stories and audiences we miss

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Sessions starting at 3 p.m. ET

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Access to housing: Are we covering it well?

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Creating a newsroom that supports LGBTQ+ journalists

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Olivia Sanchez, The Hechinger Report 👇

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Public records for justice

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Mona Alsaidi, Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

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Mark Walker, New York Times 👇

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How to prepare your students for the news industry

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Josh Hinkle, KXAN 👇

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Nausheen Husain, Syracuse University 👇

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Maggie Mulvihill, Boston University 👇

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You can build a new culture in a legacy newsroom

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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When the Center for Public Integrity launched its new mission to investigate inequality, it had a newsroom that was primarily male and overwhelmingly white. Now, two years later, the staff is 60% people of color and 70% identify as a gender other than male. How did one of the oldest nonprofit investigative newsrooms move so boldly and so quickly on the organizational strategy and culture required to drive this change? What can we learn from the challenges they’ve faced and how they overcame them? What are the strategies new leadership is using to facilitate this transformation? How are they sustaining a new culture of belonging and empowerment? In this discussion, CPI's leadership team will be sharing the lessons they’ve learned from experience to equip more leaders to lead this necessary change in their own newsrooms.

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Matt DeRienzo, Center for Public Integrity 👇

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Jin Ding, Center for Public Integrity 👇

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Mc Nelly Torres, Center for Public Integrity 👇

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How to create and maintain a source diversity tracker

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Hear from journalists across the nation who are leading the way on making sure our sources better reflect the communities we live in and the issues we cover -- from creating innovative source databases to comprehensive ways of tracking diversity of sources newsroom-wide.

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Kristen Barton, Fort Worth Report 👇

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Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat 👇

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Sessions starting at 4:30 p.m. ET

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A keynote conversation with Sisi Wei and Lam Thuy Vo

🕙 Thursday (10/20) • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Lam Thuy Vo, independent journalist 👇

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Sisi Wei, The Markup 👇

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Friday, 10/21

Sessions starting at 11 a.m. ET

Advancing your career

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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Sona Patel, The New York Times 👇

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My favorite anti-racism resources

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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Megan Luther, independent journalist 👇

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Learn about the IRE/JournalismMentors.com program

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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Diana Fuentes, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Caitlin Ostroff, Wall Street Journal 👇

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Influence when you're not a decision maker

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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How can you positively influence DBEI issues in the workplace when you don't actually have hiring or firing power? Join Jill Geisler for a her top 10 tips in 10 mins on how to influence decision making when you are not in a decision-making position. We'll leave plenty of time for questions!

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Jill Geisler, Loyola University Chicago 👇

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Networking/Coffee talk

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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Finding the story in unique data sets

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 11 – 11:30 a.m. ET (30m)

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Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

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Covering hate crimes

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Adam Rhodes, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Holding the powerful - in journalism - to account

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Inclusive leadership

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Jill Geisler, Loyola University Chicago 👇

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EJ vs. EJ: The work of environmental journalists of color in reframing the beat

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Who’s it for? Bringing investigative stories to the communities we cover

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Sessions starting at 1:30 p.m. ET

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Learn how to craft a winning public records request

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET (75m)

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Mark Walker, New York Times 👇

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Framing matters! How to avoid problematic language

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Covering 300+ anti-LGBTQ bills leading up to mid-terms

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News 👇

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Investigating stories on race and health

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Workplace integrity

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET (75m)

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Reimagining leadership

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET (75m)

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Bernice Yeung, University of California - Berkeley 👇

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Sessions starting at 3 p.m. ET

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Navigating the twists and turns of a longtime journalism career

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Rebecca Aguilar, Freelance/SPJ President 👇

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Patti DiVincenzo, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Aaron Glantz, Freelance 👇

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Larry Graham, Diversity Pledge Institute 👇

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Building (online) harassment-resistant newsrooms

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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To both recruit under-represented groups and encourage the coverage required to engage similar readers, newsrooms must build support mechanisms to combat one of our industry's greatest existential threats: online harassment and abuse.

Join this talk to learn how other media companies have created processes that both create early interventions and reactively support reporters facing trauma intended to intimate their work.

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Jeff Larson, Verizon Media 👇

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Investigating inequities in education

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Get Access(ible): How editors can support journalists with disabilities

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 3 – 4 p.m. ET (60m)

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Sessions starting at 4:15 p.m. ET

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Closing reflection & networking

🕙 Friday (10/21) • 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET (75m)

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Diana Fuentes, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE & NICAR 👇

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