Deadlines approaching for free training programs

Looking to train yourself or your newsroom? We have several opportunities – many of them free – with March application deadlines. Tell us who you want to train, and we’ll match you with a program. I want to train… An entire newsroom Total Newsroom Training is your opportunity to have intense, in-house investigative training —…

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Audio from 2014 Watchdog Workshops now available for download

Participants at the Jacksonville Watchdog Workshop. (Photo courtesy of Tracey Eaton) Couldn’t make it to one of our Watchdog Workshops this year? We recorded audio from many of our panels and, thanks to a generous grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, have made it available for download online. We have recordings from…

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Introducing Total Newsroom Training, a new program from IRE

IRE is launching a new program and is looking for news organizations dedicated to doing watchdog work. This is your newsroom’s opportunity to have intense, in-house investigative training — for free. If your organization is hungry for customized investigative training and can’t afford it, apply today. Spots are limited. Total Newsroom Training from IRE is designed to…

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Scranton Workshop: Invaluable investigative tools

By Christopher Dolan, University of Scranton From the art of the interview to “Facebook creeping,” we learned many invaluable investigative tools at IRE’s Scranton Watchdog Workshop. During the day-long event, various expert investigative journalists taught the tricks and techniques needed when hunting down a good story. Tisha Thompson from WRC-Washington had many tips for crafting a…

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Selden Ring Award winner to speak at Spokane workshop

Photo credit: USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Congratulations to Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times, for receiving the 2012 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, for their series “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.” Berens will be speaking at IRE’s Watchdog Workshop this weekend in Spokane, Wash. Berens and…

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More bilingual workshops expected

The success of a bilingual Better Watchdog Workshop in El Paso, Texas, may lead to additional workshops in Spanish later this year or in 2010. Highlights from the El Paso workshop are available on the IRE On the Road blog. If you have ideas about content, trainers or venues for additional bilingual workshops, please e-mail…

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Handling anonymous tipsters

When Tisha Thompson of WTTG in Washington, D.C., gets a call from a tipster who’s afraid to leave a name or phone number, she has a surefire way of staying in touch. Thompson suggests that the source set up an e-mail account with an alias on AOL, Google or another national provider. To help protect…

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