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BenitoLink reporters pursue continuing education

Two attend investigative reporting workshop at San Jose State.
Thomas Peele and Jason Leopold lead discussion on public records. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

On Sept. 29, BenitoLink reporters Noe Magaña and Carmel de Bertaut attended a workshop presented by Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. (IRE).

The event was hosted by San Jose State University in conjunction with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Over 100 reporters and journalism students were in attendance. SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications Department adjutant professor Halima Kazeem-Stojanovic organized the event with other staff and faculty personnel.

The six sessions included the best way to develop and work with sources, how to gather and break down information on breaking news, tips for working with the Freedom of Information Act and how to use social media to gather and break news.

Attendees also received a one-year membership with IRE, which offers resources for both reporters and editors.

Speakers at the event were:

  • Ziva Branstetter, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Jason Leopold, Buzzfeed News
  • Thomas Peele, Bay Area News Group
  • Karen de Sa, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Stephen Stock, NBC Bay Area
  • Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
  • Julia Prodis-Sulek. The Mercury News
  • Mark Walker, IRE/NICAR


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Carmel de Bertaut (Carmeldb)

I have a BA in Natural Science, a minor in environmental studies and an AA in communications studies. I have worked as an ecologist and as a writer.

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