2014 Wyoming Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: WyoFile.com and The University of Wyoming Communication and Journalism Department

This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 12.

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

This class is full

Sunday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking

Parking for the workshop is available behind the student union off 15th Street.

Campus Map

Training will take place in the Classroom Building.  Link to campus map.

Hotels near the University

Hilton Garden Inn, 2229 Grand Ave, Laramie, WY

Holiday Inn, 204 S. 30th Street, Laramie, WY

Hampton Inn Laramie, 3715 East Grand Ave, Laramie, WY

Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Registration

Current IRE members , please complete registration online by logging into your member profile.  Once you have logged in, click on my profile, next to the welcome and your name.  Once you are in the members-only side of the database, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen under my profile, then select the 2014 Wyoming Watchdog Workshop (view/register).  Your IRE membership will be extended one year from your current expiration date as part of the workshop fee.  

If you are not a current IRE member or your membership has expired, please register here.  

Workshop Evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online or we will have paper copies available at the registration desk on Saturday if you would like to complete it the day of the workshop.  We appreciate feedback from attendees as this alllows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 - Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014

University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071


Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Apr. 12 at 7:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Intro and The Web for investigations

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    What reporters and editors need to know. From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable websites for enterprise stories. The craft of better searching and not wasting time. Handling issues of credibility and ethics online.

    Classroom Building, Room 214

    9:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Channeling Elmore Leonard: How to make a story hum

    Speaker: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica

    What good is all that reporting if your writing fails to grab and hold? Create suspense. Use dialogue. Shift perspective. Experiment with Chekhov's gun, but beware of bullets (the newspaper kind). And whatever you do: Skip the boring parts.

    Classroom Building, Room 214

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Nanci Wilson of independent journalist

    Learn the best ways to approach sources, prepare and handle the interview process. Advice for conducting video interviews for your website. Plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble spots, etc.

    Classroom Building, Room 214

    11:40 am - 12:40 pm

  • Panel

    Fighting successful open records battles

    Speakers: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica; Bruce Moats of Law office of Bruce T. Moats; Dustin Bleizeffer of JSK Journalism Fellowships

    Moderated by: Justin Bleizeffer

    How to use federal and state laws. How to write an open-records request the right way. How to appeal and challenge denials. How to keep a steady flow of information and ideas coming into the newsroom by using FOI.

    Classroom Building, Room 214

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Transparency in action: Pinpointing influence of money in state politics

    Speaker: Eve Byron of Courthouse News Service

    The massive, free database of campaign contributions in all 50 states at the National Institute on Money in State Politics provides an invaluable resource for journalists, and the Institute is launching a new, easy-to-navigate website. Learn to mine the resources at FollowTheMoney.org. Develop story ideas on the spot. Explore and investigate elected officials' connections to lobbyists and their client companies, special-issue groups and influential individuals. Pull back the curtain to reveal powerful influences on state politics and policy. Add depth to 2014 elections stories, and keep your blog fresh with free APIs, widgets, and data downloads.

    Classroom Building, Room 214

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Documents you can't live without/Wrap-up

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    Classroom Building, Room 214

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Classroom Building, Room 207

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm