2014 Los Angeles Watchdog Workshop

Host: Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California

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 working with Census data, handling tough interviews, cracking non-profits and 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 Friday, April 11.

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

The workshop will include the Selden Ring Award Luncheon. The Selden Ring Award underscores the critical importance of investigative journalism in today's society. The $35,000 prize recognizes published investigative reporting that has brought results.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. - 12 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

Attendees can park in the USC parking structure X. Enter at Gate 3 off McCarthy West and Figueroa. There is a daily fee to park.

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 Advanced Hands-on Spreadsheet Training

Registration

If you are a current member, please complete your 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 Los Angeles Watchdog Workshop.  

If your membership has expired or you are not currently an IRE member, you can still register for the workshop online.  Click 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

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 - Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, California 90089


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Apr. 12 at 9:00am.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    8:45 am - 9:00 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speakers: Ronald Campbell of NBC Owned Television Stations; Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. Advice on developing a documents state of mind, understanding records retention schedules and becoming familiar with key data sets to produce high-impact local stories. We'll also take a detailed look at how you can use form 990s to investigate charities in your community.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    9:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    Speakers: Ellen Gabler of The New York Times; Jeff Glasser of Los Angeles Times

    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.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    10:30 am - 11:45 am

  • Special Event

    Davidson Conference Center

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Jenna Susko of NBC4 Los Angeles

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

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    The web for investigators

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    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.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Census: Must-have data for every beat

    Speakers: Ronald Campbell of NBC Owned Television Stations; Sara Schnadt of Planet

    Census data spawns its own stories, but it's also the denominator on every beat. Learn the annual schedule and what kind of stories -- breaking and enterprise -- you can do with each release. We'll show you story ideas and tools you can put to work right away.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Panel

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    5:30 pm - 5:40 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    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.

    Annenberg School - Room 329

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm