2014 Jacksonville Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: University of North Florida, Department of Communication

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, November 8.

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, November 9, 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.

Campus Map

Locations for both Saturday and Sunday's trainings can be found on the University of North Florida's campus map.

Parking

Parking is available for both days in garage 44 which can be found on the campus map.

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 Jacksonville 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, Nov. 8, 2014 - Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    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.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speaker: Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    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.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Mc Nelly Torres of independent journalist

    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.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    Speakers: Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Brian Thornton of University of North Florida

    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.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Finding and cultivating sources

    Speaker: Topher Sanders of ProPublica

    Identifying who you need to know and how to get them to talk. How to get the best information and interviews through source development and interviewing techniques.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    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.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.2001

    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.

    Bldg 14-Andrew A Robinson Jr Ctr Rm.1015

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm