IRE postpones spring workshops due to coronavirus

IRE Watchdog Workshops scheduled this spring in Miami, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City will be postponed because of the rapidly shifting landscape involving coronavirus. Workshop registration fees will be refunded for those who already have registered. IRE will work with its workshop hosts to reschedule the training events. “There’s too much uncertainty about travel and…

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2020 San Juan, Puerto Rico, Watchdog Workshop

Read in English Presentado por: Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) El IRE ofrecerá varias de sus sesiones de trabajo principales, diseñadas para mejorar tu habilidad de buscar en forma rápida información en Internet y encontrar documentos y datos que ayuden a añadir profundidad en tu rutina de trabajo para producir en un corto tiempo historias…

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Dig into local leaders

By Doug Haddix, IRE training director Reporters should make one to three calls a day to sources whom they don’t need for a deadline story. That’s the most effective way to develop sources who’ll come through for you later with ideas and help, according to Ryan Gabrielson of California Watch. Gabrielson spoke during an IRE…

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Location essential to an informative interview

Andy Hall, executive director and reporter for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, shares his thoughts on the art of the interview. He points out that a purposive or changing setting can elicit key details on your interview subject. Hall was a panelist at a recent Better Watchdog Workshop in Madison, Wis.

Tips on interviewing and sourcing

By Doug Haddix IRE training director There’s nothing wrong – and everything right – with rehearsing interviews, especially those that must be done by phone, according to Manny Garcia, executive editor of El Nuevo Herald in Miami, Fla. Sometimes, a reporter has only a minute or two to make a pitch by phone, given obstacles…

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Uncover pension fraud in your community

Click here to listen to audio. Newsday reporters Eden Laikin and Sandra Peddie used databases and public records to track pension fraud in public schools. At a recent Better Watchdog Workshop in Los Angeles, the reporters discussed how similar investigations can be done in any community. The workshop was held at the Annenberg School for…

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Bilingual workshop successful in El Paso

More than 70 people gathered in the desert  – presenters, students, border journalists of all ages and experiences — at the University of Texas El Paso for IRE’s first bilingual version of our Watchdog Workshop. The event included hands-on CAR training and lectures on topics including immigration, storytelling and organized crime by mostly bilingual presenters…

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New to CAR? Share your data, get feedback

If you’re new to plumbing spreadsheets and databases, it’s likely that you might exhibit some anxiety about your new found skills. But take it from a seasoned professional, Maurice Tamman of The Wall Street Journal, don’t hesitate to share your data and check your work. Even if it means phoning up a competitor to see…

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