Events and Training

2013 Memphis Watchdog Workshop

Host: University of Memphis

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Memphis.  

This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories.  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, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.  Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Friday, January 25.   

Expected speakers include: Brian Faughnan, Thomason Hendrix, PLLC; Doug Haddix, Kiplinger Program/The Ohio State University; Mark Horvit, IRE; Russ Ptacek, WUSA-Washington, D.C.; and Alison Young, USA Today. 

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

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Saturday, January 26, 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.  

Optional Hands-on Social Media Lab

Saturday, January 26, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

During this half day of hands-on training, participants will tackle:

  • Twitter mechanics, strategy and apps - Learn the do's and don'ts of tweeting; master Twitter lists; and explore apps of particular use in news gathering and reporting.
  • LinkedIn 2.0 for deep reporting - Use the power of LinkedIn to mine sources, track businesses and organizations, uncover trends and find connections on any beat.  Find key sources on key topics in a particular city.
  • HootSuite social media management - Overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by various social media accounts.  Create your own custom dashboard in HootSuite to take charge of your news feeds, learn how to schedule status updates and tweets in advance, and track your effectiveness with basic analytics. 

Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Parking

Parking is available in the Innovation Drive parking structure.  It is a short walk to the Meeman Journalism Building.

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.

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.

 


Time and place

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 - Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

University of Memphis
None
3711 Veterans Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38152


Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m..


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

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

  • Panel

    Effective use of the Internet

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    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.  

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

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

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Russ Ptacek

    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 fo rhandling tough situations, ethical trouble-spots, etc.

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

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

  • Panel

    FOI/Open Records

    Speaker: Brian Faughnan

    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. 

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

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

  • Panel

    Quck-hit investigations

    Speaker: Alison Young

    Strategies, story ideas, resources and tips for watchdog stories on a variety of beats.  How to produce meaty enterprise stories that may take a few days or a few weeks rather than months. 

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

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

  • Panel

    Social media sleuthing

    Speaker: Doug Haddix

    Dive deeper with advanced techniques and strategies for backgrounding people and companies with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare and geolocation services. Explore new ways of connecting with your audience and showcasing your work with Pinterest and other social media sites.  

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    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-impact local stories.  

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Panel

    Wrapup/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 100

    5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    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.

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 206

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

  • Hands-on

    Optional Hands-on Social Media Lab

    Speaker: Doug Haddix

     

    During this half day of hands-on training, participants will tackle:

    • Twitter mechanics, strategy and apps - Learn the do's and don'ts of tweeting; master Twitter lists; and explore apps of particular use in news gathering and reporting.
    • LinkedIn 2.0 for deep reporting - Use the power of LinkedIn to mine sources, track businesses and organizations, uncover trends and find connections on any beat.  Find key sources on key topics in a particular city.
    • HootSuite social media management - Overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by various social media accounts.  Create your own custom dashboard in HootSuite to take charge of your news feeds, learn how to schedule status updates and tweets in advance, and track your effectiveness with basic analytics. 

    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.

    Meeman Journalism Building - Room 208

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