Eagle Conversation Series to talk 'Investigating Berkshire County'

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PITTSFIELD — Members of The Berkshire Eagle's investigative team will explain how they approach stories and gather information on Friday as part of The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation Series.

The team will shed some light on how they use public records, sources and data to report out local stories like the controversial management of art and leadership at Berkshire Museum, the inequities faced by women in prison and the deficiencies in nursing homes.

"Investigating Berkshire County" will be the first Conversation program to be held at The Eagle, located in the Clock Tower Building at 75 S. Church St. Doors open at 6 p.m., with an optional tour of the newsroom and press room beginning at 6:15.

The dive into the work of The Eagle Eye Team will begin at 7, with Executive Editor Kevin Moran moderating a discussion with Investigations Editor Larry Parnass and reporters Heather Bellow and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz.

"The Eagle has been conducting groundbreaking and impactful investigative reporting in recent years — reporting that has brought about real change," Moran said. "We'll discuss what goes into investigative reporting in general and we'll try to get as nitty-gritty as possible on the issues we've investigated. The conversation about investigative reporting should prove helpful to anyone who's curious about journalism and interested in the subjects we've investigated."

To cap off the evening, participants will receive instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act request for public documents and records.

"Our goal is to demystify the process for folks and show how challenging this realm of journalism really is and why investigative journalism is important to not only sustain but to expand," Moran said.

"Investigating Berkshire County" marks the 10th program for the Conversation Series. To reserve your seat, visit eventbrite.com and look up "The Berkshire Eagle."

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