2014 Portland Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: Communication Studies Department, University of Portland

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 Friday, October 3. Friday's training will take place on the University of Portland's campus in the Buckley Center Auditorium.  

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

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

THIS SESSION IS FULL

Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

*Saturday's optional hands-on training will take place in the Engineering Building (Shiley) in Room 206. 

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 Portland campus map or an interactive University of Portland campus map.

Parking

Attendees can park anywhere in the main campus parking lot.  This lot is closest to the Buckley Center Auditorium.  (see campus map for location). 

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 Portland 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 or we will have paper copies available at the registration desk on Friday 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

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 - Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 3 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver

    Learn the best ways to approach sources, prepare and handle the interview process. Advice for conducting video interviews for your Web site. Plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble-spots, etc.

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Getting an investigative mindset

    Speaker: Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University

    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 data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open Records

    Speakers: Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week; Duane Bosworth of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    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.

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    The Web for investigations

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    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.

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating breaking news

    Speakers: Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University; Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Tips and strategies for bringing an investigative edge to big breaking-news stories, including how to develop a story in real time while using documents, databases, readers, and innovative tools to own the story on air, in print and online.

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Conceiving and organizing an investigation

    Speaker: Mark Katches of Tampa Bay Times

    How to aim high and avoid the belly flop. Getting ideas and making sure the best ones float to the top. Strategies for taking an idea and turning it into a project. What you should do every time you start an investigation. Plus practical advice on how to stay on track, what questions to ask and how to make sure your stories are interesting.

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Buckley Center Auditorium

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    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.

    Shiley Hall Rm. 206

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm