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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Digging deeper with data

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May 15, 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 that will focus on using data for television investigations. We’ll discuss everything from finding data (and sometimes fighting to get it) to visualizing it for your audience.

Expected speakers include:

  • Nicole Carr, WSB-TV
  • Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR
  • Tyler Dukes, The News and Observer
  • Jamie Grey, Gray Television
  • Josh Hinkle, KXAN-TV
  • Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR
  • PJ Randhawa, KSDK-TV

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 - 12:10 pm ET | Welcome and introductions, IRE membership info

Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE/NICAR

12:10 - 1 pm ET | Getting in the data state of mind

Speaker: Josh Hinkle, KXAN-TV; PJ Randhawa, KSDK-TV

Data and documents are the backbone of investigative journalism, yet many TV journalists shy away from data because it feels too complex to tackle on our platform. Josh and PJ will show you that the task is not as daunting as you think. They’ll talk about how to get into that data state of mind and show you examples of how to successfully incorporate data into your investigation.

1 - 2 pm ET | My favorite data viz tools

Speaker: Jamie Grey, Gray Television; Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR

Need a chart, map or other visualization to make your work stand out? Jamie and Charles will demo their favorite data visualization tools that anyone can use.

2- 2:30 pm ET | Break

2:30 - 3:30 pm ET | How to negotiate for and obtain data

Speaker: Nicole Carr, WSB-TV; Tyler Dukes, The News and Observer

Sometimes you can just grab data off government websites, and while we will show you some examples of where to find it, not everything is on the internet. Nicole and Tyler team up to show how to figure out what your local government tracks using data, and how to get past roadblocks those government officials put up to keep you from obtaining the data.


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