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How to lead projects and nurture an investigative culture

The American Society of News Editors, in conjunction with the 2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in Phoenix, is putting on a one-day workshop Wednesday, June 21, aimed specifically at leadership. This is the second year ASNE and IRE are partnering to provide training focused on leading investigations.

The workshop, which will be held one day prior to the IRE Conference at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, is for reporters, project editors and top editors to learn what it takes to create an investigative culture and lead high-impact investigative projects and teams.

All investigative journalists who want to grow their leadership skills, whether in a titled leadership position or not, will benefit from attending this workshop.

See the program here.

Registration: The workshop is $99 for both ASNE members and nonmembers. Click here to register to attend the workshop. Registration for the IRE Conference is not required.

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

The workshop is generously sponsored by Google. 

For any questions about the workshop, please contact ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.org.


Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

(More than) 10 Data Sources You May Never Have Heard Of

Wednesday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m.

Data journalist Stephen Doig, professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who served as the longtime Knight Chair in Journalism at Cronkite, presents “(More Than) 10 Data Sources You May Never Have Heard Of.” This pre-conference workshop, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, will be held on Wednesday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m.

Rich business and financial databases are everywhere, and smart reporters on almost any beat will find these useful. From ZIP code-level business patterns and foreign trade imports to property tax rolls and professional licenses, Doig will walk you through seldom-used databases that hold treasures for reporters. You’ll learn what’s in the data sets, how to get them, what you can pull from them, what questions to ask of the data and story ideas that could be developed. You’ll leave armed with new knowledge and fresh ideas. Doig’s original “10 Data Sources” presentation at IRE 2016 drew a capacity crowd.

Reserve your space in advance using the “Register” button above.


For 20 years, data professor Steve Doig held the Knight Chair at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. Before joining ASU in 1996, he was Associate Editor/Research of the Miami Herald. Projects on which he worked at The Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the IRE Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, and other recognition. He is a former member of the IRE board. @sdoig



Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public

Thursday, June 22, 9-10:30 a.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.

Show where the story is happening with maps in Tableau Public 

Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.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.


Finding and telling data stories with Tableau Public 

Thursday, June 22, 1-3 p.m.

Got a dataset and an impending deadline to write a story on it? Find the scoop and convey it with beautiful, interactive visualizations in a serial narrative using Tableau Public. It’s a fast, easy to use, and free tool for journalists. Visualizations will publish using any CMS and no programming is required.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other file types
  • Rapidly explore and analyze datasets with ease
  • Make eye-catching visualizations to share your findings
  • Add interactivity and arrange them in a serial narrative to engage and sustain your audience’s attention

No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to attend. 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.


Overview of data journalism curriculum for universities

Thursday, June 22, 3:30-5 p.m.

Do you want to start teaching data journalism to university students or do you want to take your current program to a new level? Could your newsroom benefit from helpful tutorials and example files? With the current climate of news, journalistic integrity is more important than ever. Telling stories with data is an effective way to ensure the facts are being shown in a compelling way. Visual analytics bring complex stories to life for readers – a skill the next generation of journalists must be prepared for.

Join this session to learn more about:

  • The importance of teaching aspiring journalists data literacy
  • The new Introduction to Data Journalism course curriculum, including learning objectives and module components
  • A hands-on walk through of the content and examples
  • The process for accessing the ready-make materials

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.


Poynter/Stanford University

The Stanford Open Policing Project: Inside 60 million police stops

Wednesday, June 21, noon – 6 p.m.

We invite journalists from all media platforms and all market sizes to attend this tuition-free one-day hands-on workshop that we will hold as a pre-session to the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Phoenix.

For the first time, researchers at Stanford University examined the records from more than 60 million state patrol stops from 18 states between 2011 and 2015. The study found that police stopped black drivers more often than white drivers relative to their share of the driving-age population, but that Hispanic drivers are stopped less often than whites.

This workshop will help journalists adapt the data and produce stories from it. While the data analysis by Stanford covers 19 states, researchers say they have found consistent trends that speak to national issues and will be releasing the data for 30 states.

This program is free thanks to the support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. 


Knight Foundation

Facebook Journalism Project: Local News Initiative

Friday, June 23 from 10:30 – noon in Grand Sonoran A

What are the next steps with Facebook’s efforts with the Knight Foundation and Lenfest Foundation to work with local journalism organizations? We’ll hear about the role that the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) Local Independent Online News (LION), the Detroit Journalism Collaborative and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University will play in working with Facebook to open training opportunities and experimentation to smaller, independent news organizations, and the listening that Facebook is doing as it develops features aimed at users’ interaction with local news.

Presenters: Stefanie Murray, Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair State University, and Doreen Mendoza, News Partnerships, Facebook


FOIA in the Digital Age

Saturday, June 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join David Cuillier from University of Arizona and MuckRock founder, Michael Morisy, in the Knight Meetup Room, Grand Sonoran A, for a discussion on challenges and potential solutions for journalists using the Freedom of Information Act.


Diversity Mixer hosted by USA TODAY NETWORK, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com

Friday, June 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Twenty6 Lounge

Please join us during the 2017 IRE Conference for networking and free appetizers at a recruiting mixer.

We want to invest in more diverse talent to help strengthen our newsrooms and coverage. Come to meet investigative journalists from across the country, stay for the free food for the first 50 people. Everyone is welcome!

USA TODAY NETWORK shares investigative journalism across the nation through local media outlets in 109 markets, including in Arizona, where The Republic is the state’s largest newspaper and news website.

This event is organized by The Republic’s Diversity Committee, a group of journalists from all parts of the newsroom who work to ensure our coverage better reflects the diversity of people and communities in Arizona. You’ll be able to spot committee members at the mixer by their name tags. Say hi!


The Associated Press

Data Journalism for Local Newsrooms

Friday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Data journalism has become increasingly important to news organizations of all sizes. But, for the most part, it is still an expensive proposition; the work involved and the level of technical skill required to produce high impact data-driven work is expensive. With the help of a three-year data journalism grant from Knight Foundation, The Associated Press is helping local news organizations do more data reporting. Find out how you and your newsroom might collaborate with the AP on data driven projects.

Presenter: Troy Thibodeaux, Data Journalism Team Editor, Associated Press @tthibo