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Missed the 2014 New York Watchdog Workshop? We’ve got you covered.
IRE last week brought its popular Watchdog Workshop series to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 250 people attended the event, which included two extra tracks focused on financial and data journalism.
The financial sessions focused on tools to investigate stocks and commodities, hedge funds and more, with speakers from Bloomberg, Reuters, the Times and the Journal. The data track included information on visualization, cybersecurity, storytelling and more, with additional speakers from organizations including ESPN, WNYC and more.
Throughout the two-day event, attendees shared quotes, tips and notes on Twitter using #watchdogworkshop.
Walt Bogdanich, an assistant editor for investigations at The New York Times, discussed the art of the investigative interview.
"As long as you've got somebody on the line, don't let them go." esp. if they want to talk to their lawyer first Walt Bogdanich @IRE_NICAR— Amber Phillips (@phillipsamberj) January 24, 2014
David Barstow, a senior writer for The New York Times and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, talked about the investigative reporter’s mindset.
David Barstow, NYT: "Marinate yourself in the material." Read all the documents so you master topic you're investigating #watchdogworkshop— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) January 24, 2014
Barstow: Give yourself a week to fact check big investigative story. "You want to get to the point where you can sleep." #watchdogworkshop— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) January 24, 2014
Bloomberg News’ Bob Ivry was one of three panelists to discuss the Wall Street beat.
"FOIA w/o attitude is just a bunch of papers. Attitude w/o FOIA is a rant." Bob Ivry @IRE_NICAR workshop. True even beyond FOIA, of course.— @itsjina (@itsjina) January 24, 2014
Want even more? Lam Thuy Vo and Joanna Kao, of Al Jazeera America, created a public Google Doc to share their detailed notes from the sessions.
We’re in the process of uploading workshop tipsheets, presentations and audio files. Speakers can send handouts to firstname.lastname@example.org.