“I background my babysitters”
Snapshots from the first formal day of the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in San Francisco:
• This is a place that would make a public official with a guilty conscience pretty nervous. There are 1,500 people here, a record number of attendees.
• Major topic of conversation between sessions: “Where should we eat?” Overhead in one conversation: “I love vegetables. But I eat tons of bacon. I’m not a vegetarian.”
• Best session title so far: “Detecting corporate fraud — Tips from a crook and a sleuth.”
• “Dirty data” is not what it sounds like. “Dirty data” is information that’s not reliable and needs to be “cleaned up.”
• If you are a foundation representative at a conference that has a lot of nonprofit journalism groups represented you are going to meet a lot of people who would like you to have their business card.