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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Upping your game

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January 9, 2021 All day

Free – $35.00

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.

We’ll offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast as well as time to network with other attendees. Learn how to frame every story with a watchdog lens, master the art of pitching an investigative story, and get tips on how to request records when you only have 10 minutes.

Expected speakers include:

  • Samah Assad, WBBM Chicago
  • Nicole Carr, WSB Atlanta
  • Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR
  • Eric Flack, WUSA Washington, D.C.
  • Cindy Galli, ABC News
  • Ashley Graham, WBBH Fort Meyers

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! Regular membership price is $70/year for professionals and $25/year for students.

Memberships/renewals will be processed after the event, and attendees must meet IRE membership requirements to qualify. Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series.

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.


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Event Schedule

12 - 12:15 pm ET | Welcome

Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

12:15 - 1:15 pm ET | Every beat can be investigative

Speakers: Nicole Carr of WSB-Atlanta; Ashley Graham of WBBH-Fort Myers

Want to know how to frame your story ideas with a watchdog lens? Need ideas on how to dig deeper into your daily reporting? Join this session to get tips on how to make every day a watchdog day.

1:15 - 1:45 pm ET| Informal networking/break

Take a break or grab a snack and spend time getting to know your fellow IRE members during this informal networking session.

1:45 - 2:15 pm ET | Records to request when you have 10 minutes

Speakers: Samah Assad of CBS/WBBM Chicago

Get your notebook ready for this session on requesting documents from the government. You'll come away with a list of ideas for records to request to keep those investigative stories coming.

2:30 - 3:45 pm ET | Perfecting your watchdog story pitch

Speakers: Eric Flack of WUSA9 Washington; Cindy Galli of ABC News

Reporters and producers: Join this session to learn tried and true tips and tricks on how to get your boss to accept your pitch. Managers and editors: Join this session to learn how to wade through the pitch to get to the meat of the story and help guide your reporters from pitch to production to air.

3:45 - 4 pm ET | What IRE can do for you

Speakers: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

Explore key resources and services from IRE to help you bolster your watchdog reporting after the workshop.


The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.

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