Events and Training

Minneapolis Watchdog Workshop

Host:  University of Minnesota

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Minneapolis.

We’ll offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, point you to key documents that will help you produce quick-hit enterprise stories and give you tips on the best approaches when conducting interviews or developing sources.

In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors and producers from small, midsize and large publications and TV and radio stations and Web-only news sites and news blogs. Join IRE’s experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Better Watchdog Workshop September 29. 

Expected speakers include Jaimi Dowdell, IRE; Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota; Ron Nixon, The New York Times; Nora Paul, University of Minnesota; James Shiffer, Star Tribune; Brandon Stahl, Duluth News Tribune; Stuart Watson, WCNC-Charlotte and Mary Jo Webster, St. Paul Pioneer Press. 

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Sun., Sep. 30, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: You must be a current IRE member to register online.  If you are not a current IRE member, please register via the PDF registration form. 

PDF Registration

Use this PDF registration form to send credit card orders by fax (573-882-5431), or mail the form with your check or credit card payment to IRE, 141 Neff Annex, MO School of Journalism, Columbia, MO 65211. On-site registrations are accepted if space is available: bring completed registration form and payment.


Time and place

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 - Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012

University of Minnesota
206 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455


Registration information

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Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m..


Schedule details

  • Panel

    130 Murphy Hall

    9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents.  Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impace local stories.  

    130 Murphy Hall

    9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    How to use federal and state laws.  How to write an open records request the right way.  How to appeal and challenge denials.  How to keep a steady flow of information and ideas coming into the newsroom by using FOI.

    130 Murphy Hall

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Panel

    It's not too late - Stories you can do before the election.

    From backgrounding candidates to analyzing campaign finance data and looking at issues, this session will help kick up your election coverage as you roll into the home stretch.  

    130 Murphy Hall

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Learn the best ways to approach sources, prepare and handle the interview process.  Advice for conducting video interviews for your website.  Plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble-spots, etc. 

    130 Murphy Hall

    1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  • Panel

    Effective use of the Internet

    What reporters and editors need to know.  From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable websites for enterprise stories.  The craft of better searching and not wasting time.  Handling issues of credibility and ethics online.  

    130 Murphy Hall

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Putting it all together in the real world, with a look at quick-turn watchdog stories that you can produce in your newsroom.  What can you do now to be prepared for disasters? Learn tips and tricks to offer the best coverage possible.  We'll also look at creative angles for some new story ideas.  

    130 Murphy Hall

    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Panel

    130 Murphy Hall

    5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more.  Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories.  Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.  

     

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Murphy 10

    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.