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InquireFirst to hold international journalism symposiums in 2017


InquireFirst to hold international journalism symposiums in 2017

InquireFirst Executive Director S. Lynne Walker organizes and instructs symposiums on investigative reporting and safety protocols for journalists in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The symposiums are presented in Spanish.

Among the topics covered:

  • Developing an Investigative News Story: Tools and Techniques for Gaining Access and Encountering Sources
  • Interviewing Sources and Organizing and Writing an Investigative Report
  • The Ethics of Investigative Journalism
  • Staying Safe: Protocols for Protecting Journalists While Covering Investigative News Stories

The symposiums are designed to address the unique challenges that Latin American and Caribbean journalists face in reporting the news.

Follow us on Twitter @inquirefirst as we report on our upcoming symposiums in San Diego and throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

InquireFirst to hold inaugural journalism


InquireFirst to hold inaugural journalism symposium in November

SAN DIEGO – Executive Director S. Lynne Walker will conduct InquireFirst’s inaugural investigative journalism symposium Nov. 14-18 in San Diego.

At least 20 Latin American journalists will attend the symposium titled “Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age: Using Technology to Tell Our Stories.” Print, radio, television and on-line journalists from Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and Mexico will attend the intensive, five-day symposium.

The symposium, which will be conducted entirely in Spanish, will focus on the use of emerging technology in investigative storytelling. U.S. and Latin American experts will provide training on data research and low-cost and no-cost digital tools to conduct investigative reporting.

Journalists will meet with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and editors to discuss environmental investigative reporting. They will have frank and open discussions with U.S. journalists with deep experience in Latin America about the coverage of drug trafficking and corruption. And they will meet with experts on cyber security, global access to information and journalist safety.

During the symposium, journalists will make a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico, where they will meet with journalists and human rights experts to discuss investigative reporting in high-risk situations.

Speakers include Robert Hernandez, associate professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California; Eileen Truax, contributing journalist with InquireFirst and author of “Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream”; Vicente Calderon, editorial director of Newsweek Baja; Pedro Enrique Armendares, executive director of the Mexico City-based Center of Investigative Journalists; Victor Clark Alfaro, director of the Bi-national Center for Human Rights; and Adela Navarro, publisher of the Tijuana weekly newspaper Zeta.

InquireFirst’s mission is to expand the boundaries of traditional journalism by sticking with our stories until the problems we reveal are addressed, and by helping people form communities around those problems so they can find solutions and take action. An integral part of our mission is to share what we learn with colleagues in the Western Hemisphere as we experiment with new ways of presenting investigative reporting and engaging communities in our stories.

Walker is a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose reporting has taken her to Mexico, where she lived for almost 16 years and reported on political, economic, legal and social issues. She regularly travels to Latin America to help colleagues find new ways to produce in-depth reporting and broaden their audiences. Walker has conducted Spanish-language journalism workshops in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Argentina.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Walker at:

Patricia M. Smith

Patricia M. Smith


Patricia Smith is a licensed California CPA who has a tax practice in San Diego. She has been in the business as a sole-practitioner for over 30 years. Her medium-sized practice deals with personal, business, corporations, trusts, and nonprofit entities through tax preparations, consulting and representation before the IRS.

Pat has served on many boards of director, particularly in the nonprofit field. Her first position was as the treasurer of Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc., then in the same position for the National Sleep Foundation. In addition she served has a director for New Entra Casa, Project Wildlife and InquireFirst.

Over the years, Pat has taught federal income tax classes at the University of California, San Diego, for students seeking credentials as Certified Financial Planners. She lectures at numerous professional luncheons. Pat participated in one of the first seminars for "Women's Opportunity Week" in San Diego.

After recently undergoing cataract surgery on both eyes, Pat can indulge in one of her favorite pastimes, reading for pleasure. Her tastes are rather eclectic including historical novels, mysteries, science fiction and popular fiction. Another favorite is teen literature acquired from her years as a middle school teacher.