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ASNE Workshop

How to lead investigations, nurture growth, deliver excellence

Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Registration: The workshop is $99 for ASNE members and $149 for nonmembers. Click here to register to attend the workshop. There is no deadline, but people who register after June 1 might not be guaranteed a boxed lunch. Registration for the IRE Conference is not required.

How do you foster a culture of excellence for your investigative team and your entire news operation? How do you choose where to devote your limited resources to ensure you’re working on the most important and impactful stories?

How do you encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to serve people in new ways and grow your audience? How do you find the evidence you need to prove stories beyond a reasonable doubt and dramatically boost their impact? How do you ensure you’re investigating matters of greatest importance to all the audiences you serve?

Many of America’s top news leaders will explain their processes and answer questions at the American Society of News Editors’ one-day leadership workshop Wednesday, June 13, in advance of the 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The workshop, which will be held one day prior to the IRE Conference at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, is for reporters, project editors, news directors and top editors to learn what it takes to create an investigative culture, lead high-impact investigative projects and teams, encourage creative new ways to reach and serve their communities, and help their teams boost their entire operation’s audience and engagement. The workshop is sponsored by a generous grant from Google.

Workshop presenters include industry leaders Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, and Mike Klingensmith, publisher and CEO of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. There will also be Pulitzer Prize- and Peabody Award-winning reporters, editors and news directors, as well as top journalists from many of our most respected legacy broadcast, print and multimedia news operations.

Come learn how to lift your team to new heights from the most successful leaders in news today. A tentative schedule is available here.

Hotel: Details on reservations can be found on the travel and lodging page for the IRE Conference. 

The workshop is spearheaded by ASNE Board of Directors Manny Garcia, east regional editor of the USA TODAY Network, and George Stanley, editor and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the USA TODAY Network.

Donald W. Reynolds National center for Business Journalism Workshop

Business watchdogs: How to dig up background on brokers and money managers

Wednesday, 2 – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free, however seating is limited

Rob Wells, Ph. D, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas, will demonstrate how to dig into the backgrounds of stock brokers and their firms, which have been among the leading contributors to state and national electoral races since 2012, and more than likely are very active behind the scenes of local and regional economies.

Wells will show how to gather crucial details about brokers and their firms, including the documents describing how some run afoul of the law. The session will include a step-by-step guide on how to use the BrokerCheck database, operated by FINRA, the industry group that licenses brokers. It will also include an introduction to the North American Securities Administrators association (NASAA) online data portal that serves as a resource for research involving cases brought by state-level securities enforcers. Attendees will learn how to navigate the system, obtain enforcement records and conduct additional research on investment advisers.

Wells is the former deputy bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw 22 reporters who covered real-time business, economics and financial news in the nation’s capital. Prior to this, he was a business reporter for Dow Jones, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press. He joined the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016. 

This pre-conference workshop is produced by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

 

Media Law Resource Center

Legal workshop: Understanding libel and copyright (Sponsored by the Knight Foundation)

Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, however seating is limited

Instructors: George Freeman & Jeff Hermes, Media Law Resource Center; Carol LoCicero, Thomas & LoCicero PL; and Rachel Fugate, Shullman Fugate PLLC Beginner

This three-hour workshop hosted by the Media Law Resource Center will go in-depth on two major areas of media law. Attendees are encouraged to participate in both sessions. Pre-registration is not required, but seats are limited in this workshop.

Libel and invasion of privacy (9 – 10:30 a.m.)

This workshop will focus on the legal problems which can arise from your content: How you can you avoid getting sued for defamation and invasion of privacy. We’ll discuss what the plaintiff has to prove to make out a libel case, your common law and constitutional defenses, the differences in defending cases brought by public and private figures, privileges for opinion and using public records, and the effect of corrections, denials, libelous implications and using anonymous sources. Lawsuits for publishing truthful but embarrassing private facts will also be considered. Discussion leaders: George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center and Carol LoCicero, Thomas & LoCicero PL.

Copyright and digital media (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

This workshop will cover hot issues in copyright and the law of digital media. We will start with a consideration of copyright law; just because something is on the internet does not mean it’s free for the taking. What is copyrightable, the fair use of newsworthy information, and embedding and aggregation of content will all be discussed. We will also talk about ways in which the law treats online speech differently from traditional media, including the ramifications of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the role of social media platforms. Discussion leaders: Jeff Hermes, Media Law Resource Center and Rachel Fugate, Shullman Fugate PLLC.

 

Tableau

Preparing data for analysis with Tableau Prep (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 14, 9-10:30 a.m.

Getting data in a useful form can be a complicated and time-consuming process, often requiring specialized skills. Tableau Prep has customized visual experiences to make common yet complex tasks simple. We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other data
  • Perform a pivot, aggregation, join, and union
  • Group and replace values by pronunciation and common characters
  • Export data into Tableau Public for visualization

Some experience with Tableau is recommended but not required. Attending one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 14, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You’ll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video. We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other data
  • Create maps and charts
  • Make them interactive
  • Publish them on your site

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

 

How to publish interactive maps with Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 14, 1:30-3p.m.

Maps are where it’s at, and with the addition of spatial file support you can viz outside the box too. In this session you will learn different methods for building maps in Tableau Public. We will teach you how to:

  • Determine what kind of mapping data you’re looking at
  • Take advantage of spatial file support in Tableau Public
  • Beautify maps with built-in and Mapbox-supported backgrounds
  • Integrate maps into your dashboards
  • Utilize design and layout best practices to make sure that your visualization looks polished and professional

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. Some familiarity with the product is recommended; a beginner session earlier in the day should prepare you enough for this session. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

 

Designing Tableau visualizations for mobile (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 14 from 3:30-5 p.m.

Are mobile readers of your news site becoming more and more common? If your news organization is like others we’ve worked with, the percent of readers using phones and tablets to read your content is well over half of the overall number and growing fast. Creating data visualizations for these small form-factors is very challenging. Learn how to use Tableau to create sheets and dashboards that work great, even on phones and tablets.

  • Design considerations, including layout and formatting
  • Dashboard sizing for a range of screen widths
  • Interactivity – filtering and tooltips
  • Options to embed visualizations to respond to reader device

Some experience with Tableau Public is recommended. Taking one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training; however, you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available.  There may be a few seats available on-site.

Knight Foundation

Diversity Lunch

Thursday, June 14, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Location: Tarpon Room, 2nd Floor
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Dr., Orlando, FL 32821

Join Knight Foundation for lunch to discuss meaningful ways to improve diversity among investigative reporters and coverage of underrepresented communities. Meet other reporters and editors who are committed to harnessing newsroom diversity to produce better stories. Share your ideas with Knight Foundation staff, who are always seeking new ways to improve newsroom diversity. Seating is limited. Register here.

 

Investigative TV Journalists Lunch

Friday, June 15, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Location: Tarpon Room, 2nd Floor
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Dr., Orlando, FL 32821

Reporters, producers, executive producers, newsroom leaders and data journalists: Join the Knight Foundation Journalism team for lunch and conversation around driving journalistic excellence with investigative reporting and data driven stories. According to Pew Research Center, 50 percent of all U.S. adults say they “often” get news from television. Knight is supporting IRE and local television journalists with investigative reporting workshops across the country, weeklong fellowships, and a television and digital video specific newsletter that offers tips, story ideas, and examples of high impact investigative reports. We also want to hear from you. You’re invited to share your ideas to better inform your community with journalism. Seating is limited. Register here.