Los Angeles Watchdog Workshop

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

IRE is bringing its highly rated Better Watchdog Workshop to Los Angeles.

We’ll offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, point you to key documents that will help you produce quick-hit enterprise stories and give you tips on the best approaches when conducting interviews or developing sources.

In addition, this workshop will give you tips on how to bulletproof stories, how to deal with freedom of information laws and public records, and useful Web sites and strategies for using Internet tools such as wikis, blogs, robots and RSS feeds.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors and producers from small, midsize and large publications and TV stations and Web-only news sites and news blogs. Join IRE’s experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Better Watchdog Workshop April 13.
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

Sat., April 14, 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, and election data. 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.

PDF Registration

Use this PDF registration form to send credit card orders by fax (573-882-5431), or mail the form with your check or credit card payment to IRE, 141 Neff Annex, MO School of Journalism, Columbia, MO 65211. On-site registrations are accepted if space is available: bring completed registration form and payment.

Please note: You must be a current IRE member to register online. If you are not a current IRE member, please register via the PDF registration form.

Parking: Attendees can use USC campus parking structure X, enter at Gate 3 off McCarthy West and Figueroa.  There is a daily fee of $8.

Time and place

Friday, Apr. 13, 2012

University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, California 90089


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Apr. 6 at 5:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    How IRE can help you do compelling investigative journalism with limited time and resources.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    9:00 am - 9:20 am

  • Panel

    Writing watchdog and investigative stories

    How to take data and documents and piece it together for a great investigative story that your audience wants to read, hear and watch.  

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    9:20 am - 10:20 am

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Learn the best ways to approach sources and to prepare and handle the interview itself.  Plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble-spots, reluctant sources and other reporting challenges.  

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    10:35 am - 11:35 pm

  • Special Event

    Davidson Conference Center

    11:45 am - 1:45 pm

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    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 national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    1:45 pm - 2:40 pm

  • Panel

    Covering elections

    From backgrounding candidates to analyzing campaign finance data, this session will tell you what you need to know. 

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

  • xx

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Effective use of the Internet

    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 Web sites for enterprise stories.  The craft of better searching and not wasting time.  Handling issues of credibility and ethics online.

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Annenberg School - Room 204

    4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, and Census data.  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 330

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm