Today was the first big day of seminars and convention-going for the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference at Paris, Las Vegas. Talk about a busy day!
It started off great, was only running fifteen minutes late to the first seminar. As I entered the convention center wing I looked through the schedule to see which ballroom was hosting the first seminar I wanted to attend, then I noticed something. On Wednesday night when I set my alarm to plan my day I happened to browse the wrong days' schedule. Sure enough I was at the convention today an entire two hours earlier than the seminars even began starting, a slight damper on my morning but with an Einsten Bagel and some fresh orange juice, I managed to get over it rather quickly.
Once the convention actually started, I began the morning with a session on Social Media tools to use when conducting research. (Here is the seminar recap I wrote that was published on the IRE website: IRE: Social Media 24/7 By Nicole Villoria )
Next I spent some time poking in and out of various seminars, and took a two hour break to drive to campus for class and then return back and hit the seminars some more. The second time back today I started off with Digging Deeper on the Web (The article I wrote for this seminar will be up shortly, stay tuned!). Then I finished off the day with some Math For Journalists, which had some great equations to know! So much for that journalism myth that no math is involved.
Tomorrow will be another long day, as a matter of fact it will be significantly more busy and with any luck, just as fun and informing.