Washington, D.C. Watchdog Workshop

Investigative Reporters and Editors Watchdog Workshops offer tips, tools and training that you can use immediately to add depth to your work, from breaking news coverage to quick-turn enterprise and long-term projects. Reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources to explore, lists of key documents to obtain, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, insight into the latest technology for news gathering and much more.

This workshop is hosted in conjunction with AAJA's National Conference in Washington, D.C.

IRE thanks the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for helping underwrite workshop expenses.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and costs just $10. For additional details visit the AAJA IRE Workshop.

Click here to register.

Registration closes at midnight (ET) on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Time and place

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001



Schedule details

  • Panel

    Using the web as an investigative tool

    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. We will discuss how to effectively search on the Web, and handling issues of credibility of online sources and ethics when using online information.

    Welcome speech: Kate Marymont, senior vice president of news, Gannett

    Speakers: Megan Luther, trainer, IRE; Lisa Song, reporter, InsideClimate

    Meeting Room 12

    9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Panel

    Quick Hits/10 Investigations You can Start Next Week

    Investigative pieces don’t always have to be lengthy projects. If you get your hands on the right information, especially data sets, you can report a quick and effective story. Speakers will share tips and tools to use to access databases across beats and topics, and the types of investigative stories that could come out of them.

    Speakers: Megan Luther, trainer, IRE; Ron Lin, investigative reporter, Los Angeles Times

    Meeting Room 12

    10:45 am - 12:00 pm

  • Panel

    Public Records & You

    They’re the public’s records, yet it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get them. How to be effective in legally compelling government agencies for public records – and how to work through the pushback.

    Speakers: Brad Heath, investigative reporter, USA Today; Barbara Wall, vice president of general counsel, Gannett; Michelle Ye Hee Lee (moderator), investigative reporter, The Arizona Republic

    Meeting Room 12

    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

  • Panel

    Covering minority communities

    Investigative reporting on issues that affect minority issues can be nuanced, and have unique challenges. How do you get community members to talk publicly on sensitive issues that could create blow back for an already disenfranchised group of people? How do you find credible sources and information where they may be hard to find? How do you navigate cultural sensitivities?

    Speakers: Anh Do, reporter, The Los Angeles Times; Richard Lui, anchor, MSNBC

    Meeting Room 12

    2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Panel

    Bulletproofing your work

    How to plan reporting and editing to build an airtight methodology that even people being written about will agree is solid. Make sure your investigations can withstand intense scrutiny and unexpected blow back. How to use documents, sources and data to do authoritative investigations. Hear tips on how to stay organized while fact checking and editing throughout the process so there are no last-minute surprises.

    Speakers: Lisa Song, reporter, InsideClimate; Brad Heath, investigative reporter, USA Today

    Meeting Room 12

    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm