2014 Buffalo Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by The Buffalo News and Erie Community College City Campus

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, October 18. Saturday's training will take place at The Buffalo News in the first floor auditorium. The Buffalo News is located at 1 News Plaza, Washington & Scott Streets, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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

Sunday, October 19, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

*Sunday's optional hands-on training will take place at Erie Community College/City Campus in room 352. ECC City Campus is located at 121 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203

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 Saturday's training at The Buffalo News is available in their lot on Scott Street off Washington.

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 (hands-on) 

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 Buffalo 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 allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 - Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

The Buffalo News
1 News Plaza, Washington & Scott Street
Buffalo, New York 14240


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    1st Floor Auditorium

    9:00 am - 9:15 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.

    1st Floor Auditorium

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speakers: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Tisha Thompson of ESPN

    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.

    1st Floor Auditorium

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Tisha Thompson of ESPN

    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 handing tough situations, ethical trouble spots, etc.

    1st Floor Auditorium

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    FOI and avoiding legal pitfalls

    Speakers: Mickey Osterreicher of National Press Photographers Association; Joe Finnerty of Hiscock & Barclay

    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.

    1st Floor Auditorium

    1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Watchdogging public finance: How are state and local governments managing their budgets and spending your taxes?

    Speaker: John Schoen of CNBC Digital

    The answers are often found in documents prepared to convince investors to buy local bond offerings. We’ll take a look at some of these documents and show you where to look for important disclosures. 

    1st Floor Auditorium

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Enriching your investigative story online, on-air and in print

    Speakers: Rose Ciotta of EdSource; Susan Schulman of The Buffalo News

    Data and documents give stories more depth and credibility, and in the digital age, such elements, as well as video, data visualization, interactive maps,  and more are necessary elements to telling a story online.

    1st Floor Auditorium

    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    1st Floor Auditorium

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speakers: John Schoen of CNBC Digital; 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.

    Room 352

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm