2015 Baton Rouge Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University

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, January 31.

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, February 1, 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

LSU campus map

Parking

Parking will be available free to attendees.

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 2015 Baton Rouge Watchdog Workshop.

If your membership has expired or you are not currently an IRE member, you can still register for the workshop online

Cancellations must be sent via email to Amy Johnston, amy@ire.org.  There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the day before the event.  Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.

Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online or we will have paper copies available at the registration desk on Saturday. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Louisiana State University
North Stadium Drive and Fieldhouse Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans

    Learn the best ways to approach sources and prepare for interviews. Includes advice on conducting video interviews for your website. Plenty of tips and strategies for handing tough situations, ethical trouble spots, etc.

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Watchdogging local government

    Speakers: Gordon Russell of The Advocate; Charles Maldonado of The Lens

    Learn how to follow the money and dig deeper into the activity of local government agencies.

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    Speakers: Manuel Torres of The Times-Picayune; Erin Coyle of Louisiana State University

    Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. Covers ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Web as an investigative tool

    Speaker: Alex Richards of Syracuse University

    Find documents and databases on deadline with better search techniques and the invisible Web. Learn how to locate reliable websites for enterprise stories and receive guidance on the best social media tools for your next investigation.

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    Finding and cultivating sources

    Speaker: Manny Garcia of USA TODAY Network

    Learn how to find the people you need to know and the ways to get them talking. Covers methods for getting the best information through source development and interviewing techniques.

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents.  Get advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records and understanding records retention schedules. Familiarize yourself with many key data sets across a variety of beats to produce high-impact local stories.

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speakers: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri; Alex Richards of Syracuse University

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, elections and more.  Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories.

    Middleton Library, Room 232

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm