2015 IRE/AAJA August Watchdog Workshop

Investigative Reporters and Editors Watchdog Workshops offer tips, tools and training that you can use immediately to add depth to your work, from breaking news coverage to quick-turn enterprise and long-term projects. Reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources to explore, lists of key documents to obtain, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, insight into the latest technology for news gathering and much more.

This workshop is hosted in conjunction with AAJA's National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

IRE thanks the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for helping underwrite workshop expenses.

The workshop will run from 8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. and costs just $10. For additional details visit the AAJA IRE Workshop.

This workshop is full. Put your name on the waitinglist.


Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.


Time and place

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, California 94111



Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome & cultivating sources

    Speakers: Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica; Bernice Yeung of ProPublica

    Identify who you need to know and how to get them to talk. This session will cover how to get the best information and interviews through source development and interviewing techniques, and how to build and keep key sources while navigating sensitive issues.

    Pacific L

    8:45 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Investigating inequality

    Speaker: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop

    How do bus routes, traffic lights and barren streets build inequity into society? This session will show how to explore unequal outcomes in schools, health and criminal justice from a more complex and revealing vantage point. Learn new reporting strategies to investigate how public policy and institutions shape unequal outcomes for different groups in society. We also will cover new tools and techniques to help you accurately and fairly report on the factors at play in stories about disparity.

    Pacific L

    10:45 am - 11:45 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper on deadline: Investigating breaking news

    Speaker: Stephen Stock of NBC Bay Area

    When big news breaks, will you respond? Leave the “what is happening” stories to others. The investigator’s role is to dive head-first into the story behind the spot news tsory: How did this happen? Where else might this happen again? How do we keep this from happening again? This session show real world examples of how journalists were able to contribute to a big story and why tragedy demands action, answers and results. You’ll also learn how to be a resource for the rest of the newsroom and uncover quick facts that will add depth to the breaking story (and details your competitors won't have).

    Pacific L

    12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    The numbers game: Finding stories in the data

    Speakers: Frank Bi of Vox Media; Eric Sagara of Big Local News; Joanna Lin of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Whether it's batting averages, stock report or meter readings, great stories are staring you in the face. You just have to know what to look for, what it means, and how to translate that to your audience. These pros know how to dominate the digits and craft compelling stories from spreadsheets. 

    Pacific L

    2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Web and social media as investigative tools

    Speaker: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV

    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. We provide you tools to make your life easier.

    Pacific L

    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm