Reporting On Powerful People Who Hate You

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In the age of digital media, reporters are better equipped to report on the people and companies that really don't want their secrets exposed. From the digital breadcrumbs notable figures and institutions leave behind to a deep bench of sources waiting to talk, reporters have greater access to the tools necessary to hold the powerful accountable, without ever needing access to their subjects themselves. In this session, you'll hear from the digital sleuthers who have broken stories that have dominated the news cycle — from discovering politicians' secret Twitter accounts to uncovering vast corporate data breaches to exposing leaked emails from influential CEOs — about how they tracked down their scoops and how to protect yourself from their methods.

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Ryan Mac

BuzzFeed News

Alex Pareene

The New Republic

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