By: Mark Fitzgerald
While publishers and editors attend conventions at company expense, most IRE attendees paid their way to St. Louis.
Many, however, also needed a passport and a visa.
This year, the IRE conference attracted journalists from Bangladesh; the Seychelles; Latvia; Norway; Algeria; Jordan; Australia; Sweden; Trinidad and Tobago; Nigeria; the Phillipines; Ethiopia, Gambia; the Republic of Georgia; Slovenia; New Guinea; Japan; Tanzania; Kenya; Turkey; Palau; Russia and Kuwait.
Adding to the international atmosphere, the Emperor and Empress of Japan were in St. Louis during the weekend, although they gave the panel on sensationalism a skip.