Reimagining the Beat: Workshop with Andy Donohue

It’s your first day on the job as a beat reporter for a new local expansion of the New York Times. You need story ideas. But instead of starting with phone calls to officials and source-hunting, what would happen if you hit the streets to find out what local residents need?

Award-winning journalist Andrew Donohue will lead this day-long challenge, where students will combine gumshoe reporting and user-centered design methods to rethink that most basic of journalistic functions: the story idea. A senior editor at The Center for Investigative Reporting, Andrew will help students find out how to do stories that matter deeply to the audience, not just sources.


Andrew Donohue is a senior editor for Reveal + The Center for Investigative Reporting, where he oversees the reporting team focusing on the environment, food and emerging threats. Previously, Donohue helped build and lead Voice of San Diego, a pioneering news outlet that has become a model for investigative reporting in the digital age. For his reporting and editing, he has won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi. Under his watch, Voice of San Diego won the Online News Association’s General Excellence Award and was named the urban innovation leader for California by Fast Company magazine. He was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University and serves on the IRE board of directors.




April 4, 2015
10.00 am–5.00 pm


Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011