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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Art of the television investigative interview

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April 17, 2021 All day


IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to all television journalists and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.

Join us for a half-day workshop where we will focus on interviews and visualizing our investigating stories. Bring your ideas, thoughts and questions as we discuss how we’ve navigated the past year and brainstorm approaches for hitting the reset button for post-pandemic investigations.

Expected speakers include:

  • Erica Byfield, WNBC New York
  • Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR
  • Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 Washington
  • Erica Jorgensen, NBC Boston
  • Kerry Kavanaugh, Boston 25 News
  • Bigad Shaban, NBC Bay Area
  • Josh Wade, WSB-TV, Atlanta

This program is made possible thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

IRE Membership Deal

The first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops will get a free one-year IRE membership or renewal!

If you are already an IRE member, you'll receive a renewal after the workshop. If you are not a member, you'll receive a new membership after the event if you meet IRE membership requirements.

Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series. Membership value is $70 for professionals and $25 for students.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be sent via email to There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.

Event Schedule

12 - 12:05 pm ET | Welcome and outline for the day

Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

12:05 - 1 pm ET | Emotion interviews

Speaker: Erica Jorgensen, NBC Boston; Kerry Kavanaugh, Boston 25 News

Erica Jorgensen and Kerry Kavanaugh talk about how to handle emotional interviews. Survivors of traumatic events, or witnesses to those events, are not used to being in the limelight. Erica and Kerry will lead a discussion on strategies for obtaining an interview, how to handle the interview once you get it, and why to leave the door open for discussion after the interview airs.

1 - 2 pm ET | Accountability interviews

Speaker: Erica Byfield, WNBC New York, Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 Washington

Erica Byfield of WNYC, New York and Jodie Fleischer of WRC-TV, Washington D.C. lead a discussion on challenges around trying to hold officials accountable in the past year, what's worked and what hasn't, as well as how to move forward as we slowly inch closer to the pre-pandemic days.

2- 2:30 pm ET | Break

2:30 - 3:30 pm ET | How to make your investigative stories visually interesting

Speaker: Bigad Shaban, NBC Bay Area; Josh Wade, WSB-TV, Atlanta

Bigad Shaban and Josh Wade discuss how to make your investigative interviews and stories visual. We'll discuss how to shake off the last year of COVID-restricted reporting brainstorm strategies on taking your post-COVID TV investigations to the next level.


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