Events and Training

Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshops presented by IRE, McCormick Foundation and New America Media

IRE training for ethnic media newsrooms

To help meet the training needs of the fastest-growing segment of American journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors will present six Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshops across the country.

IRE will offer Ethnic Media workshops in 2009-2010 for print, broadcast and online journalists. The training, in collaboration with New America Media, and the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois is supported by a grant from the McCormick Foundation.

Ethnic media newsrooms reach more than 51 million adults, according to New America Media. More than 3,000 ethnic media outlets serve the expanding audience. Ongoing training for ethnic media journalists remains a critical need, given their extensive reach and rapidly changing markets.

Ethnic media watchdog workshops help journalists sharpen their skills, learn new approaches and add depth to their reporting. Award-winning journalists from around the country volunteer their time to provide training on topics such as the 2010 census, criminal justice, the economy, education, health care, immigration and local government. Hands-on spreadsheet software training also will be offered.

Journalists leave the workshops armed with information about documents, databases and sources that they can begin using immediately to produce high-impact enterprise and investigative stories. Participants also receive a complimentary one-year IRE membership, which enables them to access thousands of journalism tipsheets and other training materials for continuing professional development.

Participants will be better equipped to provide enhanced coverage of their communities, benefiting audiences that are growing in size and influence across the United States.