2016 Toronto Watchdog Workshop

Co-sponsored by: Global News 16x9, CBC News, CTV News, the University of King's College School of Journalism and the Toronto Star

Co-hosted by: Veritas Foundation and Ryerson University School of Journalism 

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Toronto. This is the inaugural event of the new Canadian foundation which fosters professional development for journalists and public engagement and education.

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. This workshop will focus on issues on shared interest between the U.S. and Canada.

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 and Sunday, May 14-15.

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

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Parking
 
Parking is available across the street under the Metro. The entrance is on a one-way street running North.  Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card.  
 
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 (U.S.) Professional
 
$25 (U.S.) Student
 
Registration Information
 
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, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen and the 2016 Toronto Watchdog Workshop.
 
If you are not a current IRE member, you can still register here for the workshop online.
 
Cancellations must be sent via email to Tricia Morgan, [email protected] 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. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, May. 14, 2016 - Sunday, May. 15, 2016

Ryerson University
Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204
80 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2M7


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, May. 14 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and workshop overview

    Speakers: Alex Richards of Syracuse University; Robert Cribb of Toronto Star

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Excel I

    Speakers: Michael Pereira of The Globe and Mail; Valerie Ouellet of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

    Attend this hands-on session and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, elections and more.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 183

    9:15 am - 11:45 am

  • Panel

    Investigative interviewing techniques

    Speaker: Julian Sher of Investigative Journalist

    Learn the best ways to approach sources and prepare for interviews. Includes advice on conducting investigative interviews, with plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble spots and more.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    9:15 am - 10:30 am

  • Panel

    Cross-border case study: When encryption undermines police investigations

    Speakers: Robert Cribb of Toronto Star; Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Ellen Weiss of Scripps Washington Bureau; Lynn McAuley of Toronto Star

    Listen to the journalists who assembled a joint investigation into how encrypted communications can prevent U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies from solving crimes.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    10:45 am - 11:45 am

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Introduction to Tableau

    Speaker: David McKie of National Observer

    Learning the basics of Tableau, and intuitive and powerful piece of software designed for data visualization and analysis.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 183

    11:45 am - 12:45 pm

  • Panel

    Web, search and social media for investigators

    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.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    11:45 am - 12:45 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Introduction to Tableau (cont'd)

    Speaker: David McKie of National Observer

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 183

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    The future of Investigative TV in the era of mobile devices , co-productions and growing competition from everything from Netflix to Facebook.

    Speakers: Julian Sher of Investigative Journalist; Laurie Few of 16X9 Global News; Anton Koschany of CTV W5

    What is ahead for Canadian investigative TV in the era of people consuming more and more news on their mobile devices , increasing co-productions with print and international partners and growing competition for eyeballs from everything from Netflix to Facebook.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Ways to scrape the web

    Speaker: Alex Richards of Syracuse University

    Learn how to scrape websites using some code-free tools and get a primer on how to pick apart a data table online and gather the contents with Python.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 183

    3:00 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Panel

    Protecting your stuff: Keeping reporting and sources safe

    Speakers: Will Fitzgibbon of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of The Wall Street Journal

    Protecting your work, sources and whistle blowers against prying eyes is no mean feat in a digital world. This session covers techniques including encryption, PGP, secure drops, and other methods for defending your privacy.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    From classroom to front page: Training the next generation of investigative journalists

    Speakers: Peter Klein of University of British Columbia; Emma Jarratt of CTV W5; Fred Vallance-Jones of University of King's College; Robert Cribb of Toronto Star

    Turning classrooms into teaching hospitals for young journalists is the co-production model that will teach the next generation of investigative journalist and turn school projects into front page exclusives.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up

    Speaker: Alex Richards of Syracuse University

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Excel II

    Speakers: Alex Richards of Syracuse University; Fred Vallance-Jones of University of King's College

    This session is designed for journalists who have mastered the basics of Excel and want to take their skills further with advanced functions, cleaning techniques and data importing methods.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 183

    9:15 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Podcast investigations

    Speakers: David Ridgen of CBC; Susanne Reber of Scripps Washington Bureau; Ellen Weiss of Scripps Washington Bureau

    From the groundbreaking Serial to Reveal and CBC's new Somebody Knows Something, podcasts have triggered the rebirth of long-form, in-depth audio storytelling attracting millions of listeners. This panel explores the power of podcasts and their role in reinventing radio for investigative storytelling.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Backgrounding companies: Techniques for peeking behind the corporate veil

    Speakers: Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of The Wall Street Journal; Greg McArthur of The Globe and Mail

    This session focuses on the methods journalists can use to gather information on corporations and push investigations into companies forward.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    Cross-border case study: the Panama Papers

    Speakers: Will Fitzgibbon of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Robert Cribb of Toronto Star; Frédéric Zalac of CBC/Radio-Canada

    Hear the story behind the largest ever global investigative collaboration: Reporters at the centre of the Panama Papers investigation detail how it was done, the unprecedented scope and scale and the remarkable impact around the world.

    Rogers Communications Centre, RCC 204

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm