2015 Nashville Higher Education Workshop

Join College Media Association and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) for a workshop designed to improve your overall reporting skills and your ability to find stories on your campus. This training — for students, advisers and professionals — will offer several core sessions that will teach you to find information quickly and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to daily stories and produce quick-hit enterprise stories.

You'll learn how to:

  • *Use the Internet as an investigative reporting tool
  • *Prepare for tough interviews and come away with the information you need
  • *Analyze your school's performance to see how it measures up
  • *Examine athletic programs — and their funding
  • *Use open records laws and other tools to pry information from foundations and other secretive campus institutions.
Registration is $79 and includes a one-year IRE membership (normally $25 for students and $70 for professionals). If you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms.
 
You can also sign up for additional hands-on training in data analysis, though space is limited. 
 
The workshop location, The John Seigenthaler Center, is within walking distance or on the shuttle route for nearby Nashville hotels. You can find info on lodging here. Limited on-street parking is available as well as other nearby paid parking. Reserved parking is available for an additional charge of $20.
 
Space is limited for the workshop.  Register online here.
 

Time and place

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 - Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

The John Seigenthaler Center
1207 18th Ave. S. (corner of 18th and Edgehill)
Nashville, Tennessee 37212



Schedule details

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Computer-Assisted Reporting Workshop

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    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.

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Panel

    Welcome and workshop overview

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    See printed schedule for room information

    1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Panel

    Effective use of the Internet

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    From better search techniques to the invisible Web, learn what all reporters and editors need to know. We’ll cover how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable websites for enterprise stories. Learn search skills and websites that will help you report about campus and beyond.

    See printed schedule for room information

    1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating campus crime

    Speaker: Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV

    Covering campus crime is a must, and the potential for strong stories is ripe. Learn how to dig into issues involving law enforcement on your campus, from examining the system to key documents.

    Lecture Hall

    3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Phil Williams of WTVF-Nashville

    Learn the best ways to approach sources, prepare and handle the interview process. We’ll highlight tips and strategies for handing tough situations, ethical trouble spots and more. You’ll also get advice for conducting video interviews for your website.

    Lecture Hall

    4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

  • Panel

    Day one wrap-up

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Lecture Hall

    5:45 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Panel

    Using open records laws

    Speaker: Deborah Fisher of Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

    Documents can help you nail down a variety of stories on campus and throughout your community. Learn how to use federal and state laws, how to write an open-records request the right way and how to appeal and challenge denials.

    Lecture Hall

    9:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Key documents and methods for investigating campus issues

    Speaker: Ron Nixon of The Associated Press

    Learn how to learn about your school: Key documents and data can be found on campus and with government agencies located elsewhere. Get advice, tips and strategies for using various resources to learn more about your school — and then teach your readers.

    Lecture Hall

    10:30 am - 11:45 am

  • Panel

    Doing watchdog journalism with limited time

    Speaker: Nancy Amons of WSMV-Nashville

    Choose from one of the 3 sessions offered during this time slot.

    Most journalists aren’t handed big chunks of time to dig into stories, whether on campus or in professional newsrooms. Get some strategies to do enterprise work that doesn’t have to monopolize your time.

    Lecture Hall

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating college athletics

    Speaker: Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV

    Choose from one of the 3 sessions offered during this time slot.

    Campus teams often don’t get much scrutiny, but big stories can be done by treating athletics programs as a news beat. Get story ideas and examples of documents you can request to examine your school’s teams.

    Lecture Hall

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating private colleges

    Speakers: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri; Ron Nixon of The Associated Press

    Choose from one of the 3 sessions offered during this time slot.

    The challenges can be different when you cover a private school. Learn how to use government documents like IRS 990 forms to get information when campus leaders don’t have to share documents.

    Lecture Hall

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up: What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Lecture Hall

    1:00 pm - 1:15 pm