During the coronavirus crisis, IRE is offering a series of webinars and recorded trainings to help our members and all journalists in these unprecedented times.
The webinars are free and open to IRE members and non-member journalists. IRE is committed to bringing all journalists the training they need to help cover the crisis and take care of themselves as they inform their communities.
We will list the trainings here, along with details on how to join them live or view recordings after the events. This page will be continually updated as we confirm new events and add recordings of previous events.
You can also tell us what other types of training you’d like to see during these times by filling out our quick survey.
Fact-checking coronavirus stories
Co-hosted with Society of Professional Journalists
Speakers: Rachana Pradhan, Kaiser Health News; Samantha Sunne, independent journalist; Cristina Tardáguila, International Fact Checking Network; Claire Wardle, First Draft
Registration: Sign up here. Free and open to all journalists.
Time: Thursday, April 9 at 2 p.m. EST
Description: The coronavirus pandemic has created a steady stream of misinformation on social media, questionable websites and from political leaders across the globe. Learn from fact-checking and health reporting pros on how to find and verify facts, track hoaxes and the spread of misinformation, and ultimately bring your audiences the high-quality, fact-based reporting they need.
Finding COVID-19 data and responsible context
Co-hosted with Reynolds Journalism Institute
Speakers: Caroline Chen, ProPublica; Armand Emamdjomeh, The Washington Post; Jennifer LaFleur, American University/The Investigative Reporting Workshop; and Cheryl Phillips of Big Local News at Stanford University. Hosted by Kat Duncan of Reynolds Journalism Institute and Denise Malan of IRE.
Watch: The recording can be viewed here. Closed captioning is available by clicking the CC button in the bottom right of the player. Recorded April 3.
Description: Panelists will address where journalists can find accurate data about COVID-19, share advice for using the data within larger context responsibly and ways to deliver that information to communities in easily understandable formats for the greatest impact.
Resources: View the tipsheet here.
Fighting for open records during the COVID-19 crisis
Co-hosted with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Speakers: Adam Marshall and Gunita Singh, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Jason Leopold, BuzzFeed News; hosted by Denise Malan of IRE
Watch: The recording can be viewed here. Closed captioning is available by clicking the CC button in the bottom right of the player and selecting “English CC.” Recorded April 1.
Description: Panelists will discuss specific records to ask for to investigate coronavirus response at all levels of government, and resources to help push back against agencies that say they can’t fill requests during this crisis. Bring your questions.
This webinar is co-hosted by IRE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which is gathering and continually updating legal resources for reporters covering the crisis here: https://www.rcfp.org/covid-19-resource/.
Resources: View the tipsheet with tips and resources mentioned on the call, plus answers to additional questions
TV and radio broadcasting from home
Co-hosted with RTDNA
Speakers: Eric Flack, investigative reporter at WUSA9 Washington; Danielle Leigh, investigative reporter at ABC7 New York/WABC; and Lee Zurik, director of investigations for Gray Television and chief investigative reporter at WVUE in New Orleans. Hosted by Cindy Galli, chief of investigative projects for ABC News and Denise Malan, deputy executive director of IRE
Watch: The recording can be viewed here. Closed captioning is available by clicking the CC button in the bottom right of the player and selecting “English CC.” Recorded March 28, 2020.
Description: Step inside the living rooms of veteran local TV and radio investigative reporters to see how they’ve adapted to “work from home.” So how do you do it? How are we all broadcasting from home? What do you need gear-wise? What are best practices for Skype interviews? How do you make TV or radio without a studio? Can you actually create a green screen in your apartment? (Hint: yes, we’ve done it). Join IRE and RTDNA members for an informal chat as we all swap ideas and navigate a new normal together.
How journalists can fight stress from covering COVID-19
Speakers: Al Tompkins of Poynter and Sidney Tompkins, licensed psychotherapist; hosted by IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix
Watch: The recording can be viewed here. Closed captioning is available by clicking the CC button in the bottom right of the player and selecting “English CC.” Recorded March 25, 2020.
Description: Al Tompkins of Poynter and Sidney Tompkins, a licensed psychotherapist, have been working with newsrooms to help journalists manage traumatic stress. Now, with nonstop coverage of the coronavirus spread, self-quarantines and economic fallout, journalists are facing an unprecedented amount of stress. Al and Sidney will give a short presentation and then talk with attendees about the challenges they face and strategies to cope.
Other resources mentioned during the webinar: Poynter post about taking care of yourself while covering coronavirus, by Al and Sidney Tompkins. Poynter post including links to articles about avoiding weight gain while working from home.
IRE Chat: Getting the most out of interviewing from home
Speakers: Fernanda Santos, former New York Times journalist and professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University; interview conducted by IRE Editorial Director Madison Fleck.
Watch: The recording can be viewed here. Closed captioning is available by clicking the CC button in the bottom right of the player and selecting “English CC.” Recorded March 24, 2020.
Description: Fernanda Santos has been working through workarounds for interviewing with her journalism students at Arizona State University. She shares her tips on how to still get the most out of interviews and how to get to know sources, even when reporting virtually.