Telling the story of how you used the legal system for your groundbreaking investigation

Investigative reporting takes time and money, this session will explore how reporters can engage with their audience to communicate the intensive resources poured into this type of journalism and how to use their audience to move forward in their reporting.

Digging for records and data, either through FOIA or the courts, is often time-consuming and expensive. But audiences are unlikely to know this if you don’t explain the obstacles you’re facing to provide them with important information. This panel will discuss ways to build audience appreciation for the time and money that goes into fighting for the data and records used in your groundbreaking investigation. It will also discuss how an enthusiastic audience can help you overcome request denials and other obstacles.

Suggested Speaker(s)

  • Katie Townsend
    Legal Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Michael Morisy
    Founder and chief executive, MuckRock