2014 Tucson Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The University of Arizona School of Journalism in collaboration with Border Journalism Network

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. In addition, this workshop will help you cover key border issues with session on investigation drugs and cartels, immigration 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 Saturday, April 12. Saturday's training will take place at the University of Arizona in Saguaro Hall, Room 202.

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

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

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.

*Sunday's optional hands-on training will take place in the Marshall Building on the University of Arizona campus.

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University of Arizona campus map

Recommended Hotels

Tucson Marriott University Park

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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 Tucson 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

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

University of Arizona
Saguaro Hall, 1110 E South Campus, Room 202
Tucson, Arizona 85721


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Saguaro Hall

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Strategies, story ideas, resources and tips for watchdog stories on a variety of beats. How to produce meaty enterprise stories that may take a few days or a few weeks rather than months.

    Saguaro Hall

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    Speaker: David Cuillier of The University of Arizona

    How to use federal and state laws and request information across the border. 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.

    Saguaro Hall

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    Effective use of the Internet

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    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.

    Saguaro Hall

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    Optional luncheon: Border Journalism Network: What is it? And, how can you get involved?

    Speaker: Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante of The University of Arizona

    The brown bag luncheon will be held in the Marshall Building. Various food options are available between Saguaro Hall and the Marshall Building.

    Founded in 2011, The Border Journalism Network aims to create deeper public understanding of the U.S. - Mexico borderlands in all its diversity and complexity. Towards that end, the network functions as a hub through which professionals, educators and their students can gather, develop and share knowledge to improve the quality of border journalism. In this informal session,  you can find out about the latest activities of the BJN and how to participate. 

     

    Marshall Building

    12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Panel

    Going beyond the obvious: Investigating drugs and cartels

    Speakers: Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante of The University of Arizona; Richard Marosi of Los Angeles Times

    This session focuses on alternative ways to cover the drug war. Panelists will offer tips on how to get beyond law enforcement sound bites and press releases; where to look for unconventional sources; and how to improve and expand coverage of the drug war on the north side of the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Saguaro Hall

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    The untold stories just beyond the border-- Investigating immigration

    Speaker: Richard Marosi of Los Angeles Times

    This session focuses on tips on how to spot new and important trends on the well-worn immigration trail. How to navigate Mexico’s migrant support network for sources  and how to find the important stories in the blizzard of immigration statistics.

    Saguaro Hall

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speakers: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante of The University of Arizona

    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.

     

    Saguaro Hall

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Saguaro Hall

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    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.

    Marshall Building - Room 342

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm