At the 2020 NICAR (National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting) Conference in New Orleans March 5-8, from left: Olivia Sanchez (2019) of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., Irena Fischer-Hwang (2019), graduate student at Stanford University, and Anthony Cave (2014) of KXAN-TV, the NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas., who was a panelist. Presenters also included Francisco Vara-Orta (2006), training director for conference organizer IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors), Frank Bi (2012) of Vox Media, Marissa Evans (2012) of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and Simone Weichselbaum (2001) of The Marshall Project. Also attending were Adrian Garcia (2013) of Financial Times publications, Shondiin Silversmith (2015) of The Arizona Republic and Juliana Kim (2019), ProPublica “emerging reporter” and Barnard College student.
And Dalton Walker (2005), national correspondent for Indian Country Today, wrote about the experience of attending a conference and then learning an unidentified attendee had tested presumptively positive for the COVID-19 virus. “I barely began to digest the conference tools when I heard the news that my chances of catching the coronavirus went up,” he writes. Read the story.