Doug Haddix

Executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Doug Haddix is executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for 6,000 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). Previously, Haddix worked as an IRE training director, an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. An IRE member since 1996, Haddix led investigations and computer-assisted reporting at The Columbus Dispatch for a decade. Before that, he worked as city editor of The Scranton Times in Pennsylvania; city editor of The Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois; and as a reporter for the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and United Press International (Indianapolis). He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Doug is speaking at

Data Data Hands-On
September 26, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room 2.105, HafenCity Universität (HCU)

Limited Seating

30 of 30 seats filled

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  • Denise Malan (Speaker) Senior training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • John Bones (Speaker) SKUP
  • Doug Haddix (Speaker) Executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)


Using spreadsheets for stories

In this introductory data journalism session, you'll learn how to navigate spreadsheets, use formulas, functions and sorting to find stories in data, even on deadline. No previous spreadsheet experience necessary.

We will be using Excel for Windows on the conference laptops.

Important Advisory: Hands-on classes are limited to 30 seats. Please sign up only if you are serious about taking the class. Signing up does not ensure you will get in. The first 20 attendees will get in and be able to use the conference laptops, which are PCs pre-loaded with software and data. The next 10 attendees will need their own laptops and software noted in the course description. If you see online that a class already has 30 sign-ups do not hesitate to still sign up, as seats often open up. We will try to repeat popular classes later in the conference. Thanks for your understanding.

September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Room 2.108, HafenCity Universität (HCU)

Limited Seating

42 of 42 seats filled

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  • Doug Haddix (Speaker) Executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
  • Emilia Diaz Struck (Speaker) Research editor & Latin America coordinator, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists


Data stories require guidance from editors and producers at every stage of the work. It's risky to start editing a data story only when it's submitted by the reporter. In this panel, you'll learn a step-by-step approach to shepherding a data-driven story from idea to publication. Reporters, too, will learn how to partner with their supervisors to make sure their data story is accurate, fair and compelling. 


September 28, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room 2.102, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Fatiha Nakhli (Speaker) Doctorante & enseignante & journaliste, Université Ibn Zohr
  • Patrick Egwu (Speaker) Ph.D student, University of Nigeria
  • Doug Haddix (Moderator) Executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)


Regardless of your home country, you can learn valuable lessons from the challenges and successes of journalists in Morocco and Nigeria. Hear about key investigations, advice for covering politics and elections, tactics to counter misinformation, and emerging trends facing journalists.

Fatiha Nakhli will talk about the situation of the investigative journalism in Morocco and what the prospects are of this journalistic genre to improve, focusing on cultural and legislative limits for journalists.

Patrick Egwu’s research looks into how in Nigeria journalists who embark on investigative reporting are trailed, targeted, arrested, kidnapped or even killed using a study of 100 journalists across different media platforms.

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