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IRE, SPJ, NECIR join for free training program

Do you have reporters or editors on your staff who would benefit from training to help them produce enterprise and investigative stories?

Thanks to a grant from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) to offer a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop for journalists from your region. 

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories.  No previous investigative reporting experience necessary.  This workshop will teach the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data,  how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

If your team is chosen, there will be follow-up training opportunities (google meet-ups, webinars, etc) and ongoing story consulting for a limited period of time.

The workshop, hosted by the Temple University Center for Public Interest Journalism, will be held March 24-25 at Temple University Center City in Philadelphia. The sessions and the follow-up training are free, thanks to the support from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You'll be responsible for any travel costs.

To nominate a team for this opportunity, complete this form by the end of the day Feb. 17, 2014. We want to ensure that we work with news organizations that not only desire to do better work, but are committed to the effort.

Two more workshops are planned, in Chicago on April 28-29, and in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 12-13. More details will be coming on these two sessions soon.

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